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Cleopatra ruled Egypt over 2000 years ago, and she is still studied and admired today. Born in 69 BCE, Cleopatra was the daughter of the pharaoh Ptolemy. After her father’s death, Cleopatra used her great intellect and cunning to become queen. She was only 18 years old when she began her rule. To ensure she held her position of power, Cleopatra teamed up with several powerful Roman rulers. Listen to hear more about Cleopatra’s life and rule, and how her time as queen came to an end.
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Understanding and tracking time is key to keeping society -- and our lives -- running smoothly. Early civilizations developed calendars with just 300 days in a year. But by 1582, the time it takes for Earth to rotate around the sun was better understood, and Pope Gregory introduced the 365-day Gregorian calendar -- the one used by most of the world today. Listen to hear a scientist explain the math behind adding and subtracting leap days to keep the calendar aligned with the Earth’s movement, and learn how Christianity played a role in the calendar’s creation.
The roots of today’s global society reach back over 2,500 years, to Athens and Sparta, two powerful city-states of ancient Greece. The two states, though geographically close, differed greatly in their societal structure and values. Athens was the center of the “golden age” of ancient Greece, an era that produced magnificent buildings, lasting works of philosophy and literature, and an early form of democracy. Sparta, a more rigid, disciplined culture, made advances in military science. Listen to learn how rivalries between the two city-states led to warfare, and how the values of Athens and Sparta are relevant today.
Julius Caesar was one of Rome’s most famous and powerful leaders. He ruled the city over 2,000 years ago, using his political skills and military might to help Rome grow and prosper. While the people of Rome adored Julius Caesar, many of his peers envied him, and their jealousy eventually led to Caesar’s downfall. Listen to hear how Julius Caesar rose to the top of the Roman Empire, and learn how his achievements still influence our lives today.
The Lexile Audio Measure is an indicator of the complexity of an audio passage. It is based on a scientifically developed scale with a maximum score of 2000L.How to Use Lexile Audio Measures
Find stories at the right level of complexity for your students, so that they will be challenged without being frustrated. The measures are categorized into low, medium, or high in order to aid teachers in story selection when they do not know students’ Lexile listening levels.
|Listening Level||Lexile Audio Measures|
These recommended ranges are for instructional use of Listenwise audio content in combination with supports such as the interactive transcript, etc.
|Grade||Lexile Audio Measures (Recommended Ranges)|
|1||215L - 610L|
|2||490L - 855L|
|3||725L - 1060L|
|4||945L - 1250L|
|5||1045L - 1350L|
|6||1125L - 1430L|
|7||1190L - 1500L|
|8||1250L - 1555L|
|9||1300L - 1610L|
|10||1345L - 1655L|
|11/12||1385L - 1695L|