7th Grade Common Core Social Studies lesson for European Exploration. An activity that engages students in higher level thinking and offers an easy way to differnetiate and adjust the complexity.
You will have to have a classroom set of biographies on various explorers or let students check one out of the library. I had my school librarian put a collection of biogrpahies on european explorers together with various reading levels. Then students got to choose a biography of their choice. You could also have them research on the Internet about an explorer instead of reading a biography.
The RAFT writing assignment comes after the students have read a biography on an explorer or complete internet research on an explorer. They will get to choose from five different roles, five different audiences, five different formats and five different topics. No matter what they choose it will ask them to apply their research into a new format with the use of the RAFT.
Includes full lesson plan with rubric and RAFT printable choice board. PDF format.