This lesson should be used in conjunction with a unit on European Explorers and other related lessons on United States/Florida History.
The teacher will present the explorer Hernando De Soto to the students.
The teacher will run copies of the KWLH chart for students to complete and share.
The teacher will run copies of ‘A Report on a Person in History’ form along with giving students 2 websites to use: http://library.thinkquest.org/J002678F/de soto.htm and http://dhr.dos.state.fl.us/kids/history.cfm. The students will use these websites to complete their research template.
The teacher will run copies of the Guided Reading Informational Sheet and the Glossary of Terms. As the class reads these together, they may add information that they have learned with their individual research done previously.
The teacher will prepare students for an assessment by highlighting important facts from the informational sheet.
The teacher gives the test.
Using the ‘Report on a Person in History,’ the teacher will have the students write a five- paragraph report on Hernando de Soto’s explorations.
The teacher will have students choose another European explorer and report to the class using the same procedures as in this lesson. (ESOL students will be paired with another student to complete this assignment.)