You will be assigned to groups of 3 people. Each group will choose one of the following explorers to research as a group.
- Vasco de Gama
- Pedro Cabral
- Christopher Columbus
- Ferdinand Magellan
- Hernan Cortes
- Francisco Pizarro
- John Cabot
- Giovanni de Verrazano
- Henry Hudson
Find out as much as you can about your explorer's life and voyages. Some information you should look for includes:
- The route of his most famous voyage
- The successes or failures of his voyage
- The lands he explored or discovered
- The country he was from (born and lived)
- The country he sailed for or represented (may be different than his homeland)
- The impact or significance of the voyage
- The experiences and hardships during the voyage
- The reaction of the natives when he landed
- The impact his voyage had on the native culture
It is highly recommended each group member be assigned to research specific questions. For example:
- Group Member A: answer questions 1-3
- Group Member B: answer questions 4-6
- Group Member C: answer questions 7-9
Here is the list of internet sites you should use for your research:
- Explorers of North America
- Explorers' Hall of Fame
- European Explorers
- Explorers of North America
- Exploration and Discovery
- Famous Explorers
- North American Exploration
- European Voyages
- The European Explorers
- Explorers of the New World
- Intro to European Explorers
- Taking on the World
Once you and your group members have shared the information you found during your internet research, begin to brainstorm for your journal entry. Remember, you are writing the journal in the perspective, or voice, of the explorer you researched. You must include information from all 9 research questions. It is encouraged to speculate what the explorer was thinking or feeling. Use your imagination!
After sharing your research with your group members and brainstorming ideas for your journal entry it is now time to begin! Each student is responsible for writing his or her own journal entry. Your group members may provide help or feedback if you wish.
Journal should be approximately 1-2 pages each.
Begin with the explorer's journal.
-Be sure to date the journal appropriately, for example:
Christopher Columbus, October 12, 1492
-Be sure to include the information you discovered during your research such as where he is from, where he is sailing to, his reasons for the voyage, and his successes or failures.
-Be sure to think about how the explorer must have felt. Scared? Excited?
Next, write a journal based on what you speculate a native may have felt or experienced based on your research.
-Be sure to include where this tribe or community lived.
-Be sure to discuss how they would have felt about these strange peoples arriving on their shores for the first time.
-Be sure to mention the impact of the voyages on these people. For example, was their arrival peaceful or violent? Was their disease? Trade? Exchange of cultures or values?
You will now rejoin your groups and based on your journal writings and research you will decide if you think the Age of Exploration is correctly named.
Should it really be considered a time of invasion? Or Encounter?
Based on your conclusions, create a Power Point Presentation you will share with the class. The presentation should last approximately 5 minutes and explain what title or name you would give this period in history and why.
The presentation must include:
- A reading of at least one of your group members journals
- A total of 6-8 slides
- information you gathered in research
- A map of the voyage
- A portrait of the explorer
- The sources you used