We have all heard of Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci. Do we know where they are from, or what country they explored for? What did their life include? What did they accomplish? These are questions that students will be examining.
The students will act as historians who has been hired to research the exploration routes that the early explorers took. Using only the sources that the teacher provides they will need to complete a chart which identifies the country each explorer was from, the dates they explored, and three accomplishments of their lifetime.
The lesson includes at least one source on each explorer identified, which were created by the teacher and/or downloaded from various credible websites, such as enchanted learning, or other reliable source. In most cases the articles include data that the creators added to the articles. This activity works well with the students using the articles and either a textbook or other secondary source depending on the ability level of the students present. Other explorers can be added to this activity and this activity is designed to be completed and followed by the Early Exploration Map Lesson.
Standards for the lesson are:
Standard 1: Comparative characteristics of societies in the Americas, Western Europe, and Western Africa, that increasingly interacted after 1450.
Standard 2: How early European exploration and colonization resulted in cultural and ecological interactions among previously unconnected peoples.