Aligned with 5-8 grade Social Studies Standards and integrating ELA Common Core State Standards, this unit transforms educating your students from teacher-directed to student-directed. You are the King of Spain, and the students must justify why you should select their group to explore the Atlantic Ocean for new lands. The project requires: students to use ELA CCSS integrated into SS by writing a manuscript to prove their case, in which, students must persuade by elaborating on the purpose for American Exploration (History) based off of what they know about early exploration; a hand-drawn map to show the Queen/King where they plan to go (geography), and present a summary of their justification as a final class performance. This unit project is destined to dazzle your administration, and place you at the leading edge of implementing CCSS into your Social Studies instruction. ENJOY!!!