This is an expository writing project for students who are studying The Age of Exploration.
In this 21-page resource, students combine social studies and writing skills to compose an autobiography as they take on the role of an explorer. They will write from the first person point of view, as if they are one of the explorers from the age of exploration. This is a great way to combine expository writing and social studies.
Organizer/ List of Questions about explorers to guide research–
This is a two-paged document that your students can use to record their information as they research. The questions are aligned with the pages of the autobiography.
Writing Page Templates for Autobiography–
These are lined and decorative with space or student writing. Specific pages are below:
There are four different versions of the cover page so that students can choose which style they like best.
*My Life Page-
This page is a place for students to write general details about their explorer’s life.
*My Journey Page-
This pages is for detailed information about the explorer’s journey/journeys.
This is a page where students draw the route(s) that their explorers took.
*My Discoveries Page-
This is a page for students to write about any discoveries their explorers made on their journeys.
Example of Completed Autobiography
- This is an example that you can use to model for students.
This includes all of the things that they should answer/write about in their books. The rubric directly reflects the questions on the Questions to Ask Research Sheet.
Bulletin Board Labels-
These are great when arranged as a timeline (or any way you choose to display work).
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