How do discoveries of new lands made by explorers impact the world and in what ways?
These learners are in the 10th- 12th grade, which are between the ages of 15-20 years old. These students are both male and female from various ethnicities/races and learning styles/different learning abilities.
There are some common student misconceptions about this material. One common misconceptions is that Christopher Columbus thought that the world was round and everyone else thought it was flat. Another is that Christopher Columbus was the only explorer that discovered the New World, but he actually discovered the Bahamas. Because students believe that Christopher Columbus discovered America, they do not associate other explorers making discoveries in America.
Students generally understand that these explorers were looking for other lands and different products to trade and wanting to claim the new lands for their home country. They were looking for alternative paths to reach certain regions, particularly South and East Asia, more quickly.
Common Core Standards
WH.1.1 Produce clear and coherent writing for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences by:
• conducting historical research
• evaluating a broad variety of primary and secondary sources • comparing and contrasting varied points of view
• determining the meaning of words and phrases from historical texts
• using technology to research, produce, or publish a written product
WH.1.2 Compare historical periods in terms of differing political, social, religious, and economic issues
WH.1.3 Use a variety of sources to analyze the validity of information in terms of facts, opinions, or propaganda
WH.1.4 Analyze historical events through the use of debates, timelines, cartoons, maps, graphs, and other historical sources
WH.2.3 Evaluate the influence technological innovations had on European exploration, conquest, and colonization WH.2.4 Identify key European explorers of the Americas and Asia, and explain the goals and consequences of exploration on society
1.) With the given websites, the students will be able to identify at least one region their explorer discovered.
2.) With the given websites, the students will be able to identify at least two reasons why their explorer explored the particular region(s) they did.
3.) With the given websites, the students will be able to identify how their explorer’s discoveries impacted their home countries.
4.) With the given websites, the students will be able to develop their belief on the greatest impact their explorer’s discoveries on the world.
5.) With the given websites, the students will be able to locate the voyage and location of discovery on a map.
Time and Organization:
This webquest should take the students about 3 to 4 days using a 98 minute block schedule to complete. The students need to follow the steps of the process. The students should take one day to complete the research sheet, two to three days to complete the outline and essay, and 15-20 minutes to complete the National Geographic Interactive MapMaker activity.
Habits of Mind:
Thinking and communicating with clarity
“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called
research, would it?”
The point of research is to learn more about a particular subject that you had little or no knowledge in. You are seeking more information by reading and experimenting. If you knew what you were looking for, it would not be research, but a review. The students will need to read the information on the websites and decide what they think is the greatest impact of their exploration on the world.
“To keep your resolve, surround yourself with those who want you to
succeed. The brain cannot do its job of protecting the body
without contact with other people.”
Robert Ornstein and David Sobel in “The Healing Brain”
The students need to think to complete the assignment. The students need to be able to pace themselves to answer all the questions. Also the students will need to think to decide what they think is the greatest impact of their explorer’s discoveries on the world.
Reference for this section:
Differentiated instruction is used in this webquest and is beneficial to many different students. For all students, with and without special needs, it helps them become self-independent learners not dependent on teachers to deliver instruction. Students can work at their own pace and it gives them more time to review information. Students can work on the assignment whenever they want any time of day. It helps students develop a better sense of group work where they are dependent on each other to get their work done. Of the web resources I provided, I gave mostly resources that required reading, but I also provided one source that was a video that provided the same information as the reading sources. This is meant for students who are more visual learners.