Travel Brochure Assignment Examples

     As a culmination activity of our heritage, I encourage students to choose a favorite country and create a research project.  It is a good idea to plan ahead and ask students to bring articles, books, hard copies of photos students like to use, various craft tools, etc. to use as sources for their research.  Since this is a culmination activity, my students have already researched their country in the previous lessons in this unit. See other lessons in this unit for countries that our class has researched prior to this culminating activity.  Prior to attempting this lesson, I recommend checking out my lesson on Chile because it is a great lesson on modeling how to create a brochure.  This lesson expects students to complete the brochure independently since they already had practice.

    First, I ask students to create a travel brochure.  We had completed one earlier for a country heritage research. I use that brochure as a sample  (see source of Chile brochure).  I review the directions and expectations of the brochure.  We also examine brochures from tourist attractions and discuss the features that attract tourists to these locations.  Students are encouraged to include pictures and captions that persuade people to visit these places. Persuasive writing that cites evidence from text and research originates from Common Core.  Students must develop skills for finding relevant and sufficient evidence to support their claims that their location will appeal to tourists.  

     We discuss the contents of a brochure and I show a list of possible items to include (see source).  I give students a blank brochure template to create one of a place in any country around the world that they wish to visit. 

    Students enjoyed this project and were well informed about their topic since we had researched days prior to this activity.  The result is an astonishing array of detailed brochures that will appeal to any tourist (see source for student samples of their completed work for this project).

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Design a Travel Brochure

 

 

Grades6 – 8
Activity TimeAbout an hour
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Activity Description

If children and teens have the opportunity to visit someplace new or if they are interested in particular locations, invite them to create a travel brochure to share information about the place with others. They can draw pictures, use photographs, add maps, and write details about what they see or learn. In the end, they will be creating their own souvenirs!

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Why This Is Helpful

The activity requires children and teens to think about details from a place they have visited or a place they might want to visit.  Both require research, but different kinds.  If they are writing about a place they have visited, they will be recalling interesting information, sensory details, and information about their trip.  If they are learning about a new place, they will be conducting Internet and book research and even interviews as they gather information.  Then, teens and children will take that information and turn it into a travel brochure. In both cases, they will find information, select relevant facts, create an interesting layout, and write for others or themselves to read.  Through this activity children and teens will have a chance to learn some skills that are vital to good writing.

This activity was modified from the ReadWriteThink lesson plan "Travel Brochures: Highlighting the Setting of a Story."

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What You Need

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Here's What To Do

  1. Ask the children and teens to share their travel stories:

    • Where did they go?
    • How did they decide to go to these places?
    • What were their favorite moments in their travels?
    • What was the best place to eat?  The best place to stay?  The activity that was the most fun? 
  2. If the teens and children haven't traveled recently, ask them if there are places they would like to go.
    • Why would they want to go to that place?
    • What do they know about it already?
    • What would they want to know before they go?
    • Where would they look for that information?
  3. Learn about what makes a successful travel brochure. Collect travel brochures from travel agents, the local chamber of commerce, or a near-by convention and visitor's bureau. Or, together, you can look online at some travel examples:

    • Notes From the Road: This site offers photos, maps, and narratives on places all over North and Central America.
  4. Examine them together.

    • Are there maps? photos? diagrams? other illustrations?
    • What kind of language and vocabulary is used?
    • How is text presented? paragraphs? bulleted lists?
    • Are there specific places highlighted? What kind?
  5. Once they have looked, ask them to return to the list they developed in Step 1:  What additional information do they need to make a useful travel brochure?  Ask them to think about these questions:

    • Who is your audience for this brochure? What is your purpose? (Is it to convince your parents to take you on a trip?  Is it to share with your grandparents so they can learn about your adventure?  Is it for your neighbors to help them if they decide to go to the same place?  Is it for yourself, so that you can keep a vivid memory of your trip?)
    • What qualities of a brochure (maps, diagrams, photos, bulleted lists, etc.) would help you create a brochure that will be useful for your audience?
  6. Once they have looked at the travel brochures, invite them to make one of their own.  To help guide them in what needs to be included, share the Things to Include in a Travel Brochure Handout.
  7. When they are ready to create their travel brochure, children and teens can do it online using the Printing Press or using a folded piece of paper.
    • To help them have a better idea of what the brochure can look like, share an example with them.
  8. Assist the children and teens as they work on the project.

    • As they're making lists of the details of their trip, ask questions about the places, people, experiences they've had.  Asking these questions can help children and teens dig deeply into the memories.
    • As they're turning the ideas into a brochure, point out the spots you enjoy and   the moments that really help you picture the vacation spot.
    • Take a look at the format, sentence structure, vocabulary, photographs, maps.  Does it sound and look like the sample travel brochures you looked at?  Point out to the child/teen the spots where you are confused or have questions.

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More Ideas To Try

  • Create a brochure for all of the places visited on a trip or vacation, or make one for a place yet to be visited.
  • Instead of making a travel brochure about a special place, children can design a postcard highlighting one of the locations they have visited. Postcards can be published using the Postcard Creator. See the Postcard Creator Tool page for additional information on using this interactive tool.
  • As part of your research, watch an online video from MeetMeAtTheCorner.org, such as this virtual field trip to the Empire State Building in New York City. Or, using the video content on the site as a model, make a video of your own to accompany your brochure.

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Glossary

Research

 

Researching a topic or question can take many different forms, from year-long studies resulting in publication to a quick search of available resources on the Internet. For these activities, we refer to research in the informal sense, using readily available resources (Internet, magazines, books, interviews, etc.) to answer questions.

Audience

 

The person or group of people that the message of a piece of writing is meant for. Most pieces of writing have more than one audience.

Purpose

 

The reason or goal someone has for writing a particular text. Common reasons for writing include to express feelings or ideas, to convince someone to believe something, and to provide someone information or instructions. The purpose will often determine the choices the writer makes about how and what to write.

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Comments

I really liked this. it helped my students understand how to present a country.

 

Jarom McDonald

October 19, 2015

I thought this was awesome. I really liked the suggestion to have a discussion about past vacations and travel brochure examples. That is probably a great way to get students thinking critically about how they would want to make a brochure.

 

It was hard to get my students to understand this without this site.But now they got it in a click,once I showed the web site they said thank you for letting us see it clearly.They were happy they got it and it was fun for them to do so I am happy with this activity.

 

Kayla Bussey

March 07, 2013

It helped me, help my friend to a project for English! Thanks!

 

Peggy Lell

March 02, 2013

I love this activity,because it helped motivate 6th grade class as well as give them an opportunity to create authentic types of writing. We used the online printing press to create a travel brochure. I used this in my social studies class to integrate writing and it also tied in with the theme for our "Read Across America" celebration. I will be using this activity again and again because it is so wonderful!

 

Read Write Think is such an amazing resource for the computer projects my students complete in lab.

 

Madenia Safodien

February 12, 2013

Love this site. Super useful for projects and loads of relevant information and material. Thanks for a brilliant site.

 

mrs. Marwa Kamal

February 01, 2013

I used to teach my students in both grade four and five how to make a travel brochure in an ordinary way according to the book(scott foresman ) but after I read your activities,I totally changed my way and I'm proud of the results. Thanks for your great help.I WISH YOU'LL ADD MORE IN THE FIELD OF READING.

 

Zubair Hashmi

October 09, 2012

Wonderful for learning & guidance, I am happy to found this site for helping to my child in their project & activity plan.

 

 

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