Bring the early explorers to life by writing books about famous explorers. Students will use the research guide to find information about famous explorers such as Vespucci, Columbus, DeSoto, Ponce de Leon, Marco Polo, Coronado, Dias, Francis Drake, Cartier, Cortes, Henry Hudson, and others. After researching an explorer, a student will use the checklist to make sure the provided book template has every required element. The finished books will be 18 pages long and can be graded using the rubric. Everything you need is included in this product from Teaching Near the River: directions on how to print the books, student research sheets, book checklists, rubrics, and the actual book template. Your students will learn so much! Share the books among classmates and create a class library of explorers.