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Explorers of the New World Webquest

(Adapted from a WebQuest found on infotech.spsd.org and based on a Webquest by Chery Dobbs)

Introduction

Explorers from every era have braved the unknown to discover new lands. Religious fervor, greed, trade, empire building, and a thirst for knowledge have all played parts in the motivation of these explorers and the countries who sponsored them. The world we know today has been shaped by their adventures. As important as these explorers have been and continue to be in the world's history, they are largely forgotten outside the classroom. Explorers from every era have braved the unknown to discover new lands. Religious fervor, greed, trade, empire building, and a thirst for knowledge have all played parts in the motivation of these explorers and the countries who sponsored them. The world we know today has been shaped by their adventures. As important as these explorers have been and continue to be in the world's history, they are largely forgotten outside the classroom. In the interest of preserving the heritage of these brave explorers, we have decided to launch a new line of trading cards to honor them. According to market research, Tann & Sherm Trading Cards™ could possibly be the next collecting mania to sweep the nation. You are being asked to participate in a contest to nominate explorers from the 1400s-1600s and help design this new line of cards.

Task

Congratulations! You have been given the opportunity to nominate an explorer for the latest series of trading cards. You will search various resources to find information on an explorer, previously chosen by you, from the 1400s to 1600s time period. Once you have gathered your information, you will create a trading card for that explorer to submit to our contest. Up to 23 explorers will be chosen for the first pack of cards to be produced.

Process

  1. Prior to this Webquest research project you chose your explorer.

  2. Using at least three websites listed under Resources, fill out the information on the Explorer Worksheet. Use this information to create a trading card on your explorer's voyage. You may make your own trading card design, just follow the Trading Card Requirements. You may use the template to help you design your card.

    Template.



  3. As you search through the internet and print sources for information on your explorer, be on the lookout for a picture or painting of him or her to be used on the trading card.


  4. Additional Resources

    Explorer’s Hall of Fame- From Thinkquest, includes some of the explorers on the list, but not all. Search through the site for other links to explorer sites> Congress for Kids - Elections

    CyberSleuthKids: Explorers on the Web --This is a directory listing of websites on many, many explorers

    Classroom Clip Art of historical figures, mostly black and white and slow to load, but interesting pictures. Free to use if in educational, non-commercial setting

    Enchanted Learning - Explorers of the Americas : easy to use, alphabetically, by region, or by time period

    Explorers A to Z - Hundreds of links organized alphabetically by explorer

Evaluation

Objectives Above Average Average Below Average
Research Well researched using at least four websites. Completed Explorer Worksheet. Conducted extra research from other sources. Well researched using at least three websites. Completed Explorer Worksheet. Partially researched. Factual errors. Incomplete Explorer Worksheet.
Trading Card Neat and complete with no errors. Extra graphic design effort made. Neat and complete with no errors. Lacking detail; factual errors in information or lacking picture

Trading Card Requirements

TBD