Let's Set Sail!
Since each crew is following a specific explorer, you will need to acquaint yourself with your explorer and his life. Even though each crew is following a different explorer, you all need to understand the reasons for exploration during this time period, a little bit about the world, and sailing. Please follow this link to learn about these basics. Then, get with your crew and talk about the journey you are about to embark on!
You also need to complete enough file folder tasks to total 30 points to become a swabbie on the crew. Keep earning those points and you could work your way up to Captain of your vessel!
Step 1: Exploration
Now that you know why most explorers set sail, you need to learn all about the explorer you are following in order to be a productive member of his crew! Each crew will complete the following:
- Take notes on the life of your explorer using the websites provided below. Use the graphic organizer shared with your group on Google Docs to take notes. Every member of the crew should add notes to the document! Some ideas to take notes on:
- Where is your lead explorer from?
- Which country are you sailing for?
- When are you sailing?
- What is the background of your explorer?
- What was the original reason for exploration?
- What are the names of your boats, other people you are sailing with, places you stopped on the way?
- What exchanges did you make along your journey?
- What was the route of your journey?
- What tools helped this explorer?
- What happened during the voyage?
- What are some things your explorer saw or discovered?
- How did the life of your explorer change due to his explorations?
- How did the lives of the people you encountered change as a result of the exploration?
- What is your explorer's greatest accomplishments?
- What important discoveries did your explorer make?
Basic Explorer Sites
Vasco de Gama
Step 2: Ship's Journal
In your ship's journal you will record what is happening during your voyage. Each crew member will have a weekly journal entry, based on your ship's fate for the week. Although the journal is fictional, you should include important events gathered from your research in your entries. You should also be sure to include your thoughts, feelings, struggles, and successes as a member of the ship's crew. Here are some things to think about when you are writing your journal entries:
- Your rank on the ship and the jobs you must do
- How you feel
- Thoughts while at sea
- How you feel about the fate your ship encountered
- Sights and sounds
- Describe the crew
- Hopes, dreams, goals
- How things are going
- Any hardships you and the crew encounter
- Where you are headed and if your ship is on course
Step 3: Group Project
Now that you know everything about your explorer, it's time to create your group project! Your crew needs to work together to decide on a presentation, talk together about your Google Doc notes, and begin work. Your choices for group project and their requirements are listed below. Additional crew points will be awarded for cooperative crews!
Step 4: Individual Account Project
You have reached your destination! Congratulations! Your explorer has accomplished great things and made a name for your crew in history! Your final job is to tell your tale for the world to know. Choose one of the individual projects listed below to show your expertise about your explorer and to share the exciting, daring, and important voyage you've just lived through.
Song or Rap