World History Age of Discovery Project

Introduction

   The Age of Exploration was time when Europeans were starting to travel beyond their continent to look for riches. Many European explorers were sailing to find a more direct route to Asia, but along the way found Africa and the Americas. These European explorers found new lands, sea routes, and brought back many new products such as exotic foods and important natural resources. European countries such as Spain, Portugal, France, England, and the Netherlands became wealthy countries that had much power in the world. After these explorations, many Europeans would plan to start settling  these new lands and bringing their own products and culture with them. You are going to discover how these European explorers started to change the world. Excited? Well, let’s get started!

Task

In this webquest, you will learn the following ideas... 

1.) The name of your explorer.

2.) Where was your explorer born and/or originally from.

3.) What country(s) did he sail for in their explorations.

4.) What new land(s) and/or body(s) of water did your explorer discover and what year(s) did he discover them. 

5.) How did your explorer discover their new land(s) and/or body(s) of water.

6.) How long did it take them to find the new land(s) and/or body(s) of water. 

7.) What were their reasons for discovering their new land(s) and/or body(s) of water. 

8.) What resources did your explorer find in their new discoveries. 

9.) What were your explorer's or their crews reaction to the new land(s) or body(s) of water.

10.) How did your explorer's discoveries impact their home country.

11.) How did your explorer impact the land they discovered.

12.) What do you think is the greatest accomplishment of your explorer and why. 

 

In order to do this...

          a. Make sure you have your thesis statement in the introductory paragraph.

          b. Use information about your particular explorer in the middle paragraphs on how their discoveries impacted the world.

          c. Make sure you have a concluding paragraph summarizing everything you wrote. 

Create a 10 slide presentation using Google Presentation explaining your explorer and their accomplishments. 

Finally, you will chart your explorer's route and land discovery(s) on an interactive map.

 

Process

In this webquest, there is a total of seven steps that will help you complete this assignment correctly.

1.) Choose an explorer: There is a list of eight European explorerers you can choose from below. Pick one European explorer that you want to research and write about. 

                       Amerigo Vespucci           Ferdinand Magellan         

                       John Cabot                     Jacques Cartier   

                       Bartholomew Diaz           Samuel De Champlain      

                       Vasco Da Gama               Henry Hudson

3.) Complete Research and Worksheet: After you decide on which explorer to study, you will begin researching your explorer by reading the website articles and primary documents and watching videos on your explorer. While researching this information, you will answer the following questions on the Google Docs research worksheet. Make sure you answer the questions in complete sentences and cite your information in MLA format. The web resources for this webquest are placed at the bottom of this page under resources. 

4.) Complete Outline: After completing your research worksheet, you will use your research worksheet and complete an outline of your essay. You can get your outline from Google Docs. In this outline you must...

        a. State your thesis in the introduction. In this thesis statement, state what you believe how new discoveries made by explorers impact the world and how your explorer did that in bullet points.

        b. Outline the body paragraphs by stating the main point and adding sub points below. 

        c. State your conclusion by adding sub-points from the introduction and middle paragraph points. 

        d. Make sure you cite your information in MLA format. 

5.) Complete Essay: You will write your essay explaining how the discoveries of new lands by explorers impact the world. Use your outline and at times your research worksheet to help you complete this segment. Make sure you review your essay and check to make sure you have correct spelling and grammar. Make sure the middle paragraphs connect to the thesis statement in the introduction. 

6.) Complete Google Presentation: After completing your essay, you will create a 10 slide google presentation about your explorer and their accomplishments. It will follow as...

 

Mandatory slides

     a. Slide 1: Title Page: Explorer and your names

     b. Slide 2: Date of Explorer's birth and place of birth. 

     c. Slide 3 & 4: What made the explorer's want to explore and what country let them explore.

     d. Slide 5 & 6: Where did your explorer discover.

     e. Slide 7, 8, & 9: How did they impact their country and places they discovered. 

     f.  Slide 10: Reference slide where you are giving credit to wherever you got the information from.  

7.) Map Activity: After completing your Google Docs presentation, you will go to the National Geographic MapMaker Interactive Website. There will be a world map and you will post on the map where your explorer started their voyage and where it ended. You will draw lines on the ocean and points where he started, the lands and bodies of water discovered, and ended. 

Resources: The following resources are mentioned below...

Amerigo Vespucci

http://mith.umd.edu/eada/html/display.php?docs=vespucci_letters.xml

http://www.livescience.com/42510-amerigo-vespucci.html

http://www.history.com/topics/exploration/amerigo-vespucci

http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi43.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSuznTcWcP4

John Cabot

http://www.elfinspell.com/PrimarySourceCabot.html

http://www.heritage.nf.ca/exploration/cabot1497.html

http://www.heritage.nf.ca/exploration/northfall.html

http://www.heritage.nf.ca/exploration/bretonfall.html

http://www.heritage.nf.ca/exploration/nfldfall.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptzTiC4FzJM

Bartholomew Diaz

http://www.history.com/topics/exploration/bartolomeu-dias

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/161723/Bartolomeu-Dias

http://www.sahistory.org.za/people/bartholomeu-dias

http://www.thepirateking.com/bios/columbus_christopher.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgpvdRDOt5Y

Vasco Da Gama

http://www.lasalle.edu/~mcinneshin/356/wk03/dagama.htm (just Journal of the First Voyage of Vasco Da Gama (1497-99))

http://www.history.com/topics/exploration/vasco-da-gama

http://blog.oup.com/2012/05/vasco-da-gama-reaches-calicut-india/

http://www.infolanka.com/org/srilanka/hist/hist10.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFIyuYPP6PE

Ferdinand Magellan

http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/preservation/epochs/vol1/pg82.htm

http://www.livescience.com/42788-ferdinand-magellan.html

http://www.history.com/topics/exploration/ferdinand-magellan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XpxHsYaohg

http://www.philippinecountry.com/philippine_history/spanish_colonization.html

Jacques Cartier

http://courses.cvcc.vccs.edu/history_mcgee/courses/his121/Primary%20Source%20Documents/us1d04.htm

http://www.history.com/topics/exploration/jacques-cartier

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeEsNH3w604

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75puKTbbUik

http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/qc/cartierbrebeuf/natcul/natcul2.aspx

http://www.saylor.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/HIST321-3.2.3-Jacques-Cartier.pdf

http://www.historicplaces.ca/fr/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=16661

Samuel De Champlain

http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6594

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/105187/Samuel-de-Champlain

http://www.landofthebrave.info/samuel-de-champlain-facts.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ei6ZcP4WQ8

http://www.ville.quebec.qc.ca/en/touristes/connaitre/histoire/1608-1755.aspx

http://www.canadiana.ca/citm/themes/pioneers/pioneers3_e.html#coureursdebois

Henry Hudson

http://www.fofweb.com/History/HistRefMain.asp?iPin=E13616&SID=2&DatabaseName=American+History+Online&InputText=%22New+Amsterdam%22&SearchStyle=&dTitle=Journal+of+Henry+Hudson%27s+Voyage+%28excerpt%29&TabRecordType=Historical+Document&BioCountPass=20&SubCountPass=74&DocCountPass=3&ImgCountPass=8&MapCountPass=1&FedCountPass=&MedCountPass=9&NewsCountPass=0&RecPosition=3&AmericanData=Set&WomenData=&AFHCData=&IndianData=&WorldData=&AncientData=&GovernmentData=

http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1146.html

http://www.ianchadwick.com/hudson/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uxIvMIDP5g

http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/newnetherland/what.htm

Google Docs

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WGQU5Sfpec1h9wgcDxuz7ySRTuIHaD9qIt1DOskWHB4/edit?usp=sharing (Research Worksheet)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XdnDejfVwfyNJf2SASNb68t34LS9qKCfwwgiDbAIM6g/edit?usp=sharing (Outline) 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1N7SSf1n-90lYiyBZHSjVlXtHFoQaX8JaudupT25rpMk/edit?usp=sharing (Essay Sheet) 

MLA Format page

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ 

Google Presentation

https://docs.google.com/presentation/u/0/

Map Activity

http://mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org/hfymkuSKtsfcZ2RpR7ci7q//?edit=c7ouv4bD88EhTXjSU6SWhN   When using the map, it looks like it does straight lines when you click on points.  As such, draw the straight line path they explored covering the waterways.  Don't cut through the middle of a land mass.  

Evaluation

Explorer Essay (20 points)

Excellent 4

Proficient 3

Basic 2

Poor 1

Introductory Paragraph

 

This paragraph has a very clear thesis statement that explains how their particular explorer’s discoveries impacted the world very well.

This paragraph has a clear thesis statement that explains how their particular explorer’s discoveries impacted the world.

This paragraph has a thesis statement that is somewhat difficult to find and has a somewhat good explanation of their explorer’s discoveries’ impact on the world.

This paragraph has a poor or no thesis statement and little or no information on their explorer’s discoveries.

Middle Paragraphs

 

These paragraphs explain how the particular explorer’s discoveries impacted the world very well and connect to the thesis statement very well.  

These paragraphs have a good explanation on how the particular explorer’s discoveries impacted the world and connect to the thesis statement.

These paragraphs have a mediocre explanation on how the particular explorer’s discoveries impacted the world and connect someway to the thesis statement.

These paragraphs have a poor explanation on how the particular explorer’s discoveries impacted the world and barely or does not connect to the thesis statement.

Conclusion

 

This paragraph summarizes the essay very well stating the thesis statement and all of the main points from the middle paragraphs.

This paragraph summarizes the essay stating the thesis statement and most of the main points from the middle paragraphs.

This paragraph summarizes the essay somewhat well, possibly having the thesis statement and some of the main points from the middle paragraphs.

This paragraph do not connect well to their belief, has over 5 grammatical errors, and is difficult to follow.

Grammar and Spelling

 

The grammar and spelling is perfect or almost perfect. There is 0-4 grammatical and spelling errors.

The grammar and spelling is good. There is 5-8 grammatical and spelling errors.

The grammar and spelling is mediocre. There is 9-12 grammatical and spelling errors.

The grammar and spelling is poor. There is 12 or more grammatical and spelling errors.

Use of class time.

 

Student uses their time wisely without wasting it.

Student is mostly on task and working appropriately on the assignment

Student is off task a good bit and does not take advantage of the time in class.

Student is barely even trying to do the work.

End Score: 

       

 Other Essay Activities (3 points each) 

Excellent 3

Basic 2

Poor 1

Research Worksheet

(3 points)

Total Score:

All questions are answered in complete sentences and cited in MLA format correctly.

Some questions are answered in complete sentences and cited in MLA format correctly.

Little or no questions are answered in complete sentences and not cited in MLA format correctly or not cited at all.

Outline

(3 points)

Total Score:

The outline has a clear thesis statement in the beginning, good layout, cited sources, and all components of middle and concluding paragraph points.

The outline has a somewhat clear thesis statement in the beginning, mediocre layout, some cited sources, and some components of middle and concluding paragraph points.

The outline has a poor or no thesis statement in the beginning, poor layout, difficult to follow, and has little to no components of middle and concluding paragraph points.

Interactive Map Activity

(3 points)

Total Score:

The map lines and points are clear and show their voyage and points well. Mentions years and places discovered.

The map lines and points are present and shown. Mention some dates and discovery points.

This is very poorly done and most of the lines and points are missing. May not even be present.

Explorer Presentation (8 points)

Excellent 4

Good 3

Basic 2

Poor 1

Quality of Slides

All 10 slides are very neat, easy to read font and colors, and has good pictures.

All 10 slides are neat, can be read and has a good fort and color, has some good pictures, but could be used more.

The slides are somewhat neat, somewhat cluttered, somewhat easy to read, not enough pictures, missing 2 slides.

The slides are sloppy, difficult to read, have little to no pictures, missing 3 or more slides.

Quality of Information

All 10 slides have very  good information and are written well. Everything is complete.

All 10 slides have good information are have good explanations.

The slides have some good information and some aspects are explained well.

The slides have little or no information about the explorer.

End Score:

4

3

2

1

Conclusion

     I hope you learned very much about your particular explorer and see how one person can change history forever and impact many lives and countries in the process. The Age of Exploration was a great time for some European countries because they learned a great deal of information about the world around them and brought back many new products to their countries that many take for granted now. Along with expanding their countries' economies, these explorer discovered new lands where people from their home countries will eventually settle and start new beginnings. If you need any help, please call me, send me an e-mail, or talk to me in class!  You have access to my school email and google voice number within our google classroom.  I wish you the best of luck!

 

Mr. Dunlap

 

Credits

Special Thanks goes to...

1.) Createwebquest.com: The website that this webquest is created through. 

2.) Google Docs: The research worksheet, outline page, and essay is on this word processor.

3.) Audioboom.com: The website used for audio recorded reading the webquest sections.

4.) Soundcloud.com: The website used to make the audio recorded readings able to be accessed through this webquest. 

5.) Google Presentation: This website was used to make the student presentations on their explorer and their accomplishments. 

6.) National Geographic MapMaker Interactive: Interactive map program on the National Geographic website where students can plot their explorer's voyages and discoveries. 

7.) The Internet: For the various different web resources used for this webquest. 

8.)  Mr. Maurath who had most of this information available to use.

Teacher Page

Essential Question:

How do discoveries of new lands made by explorers impact the world and in what ways? 

Learners:

     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. 

References

http://vlib.iue.it/carrie/reference/worldhistory/sections/17discov.html

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

Objectives:

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?”

                                            Albert Einstein

     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.

Thinking Interdependently

        “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:

http://www.habitsofmindinternational.com/store/Resources.html 

Differentiated Instruction:

     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.