Explorer Research Report



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Explorer Research Report

(Due Friday, January 30th, 2009)



Each report will contain the following: 

  • Cover - Attractive, with title and student name

  • Title page

  • Table of contents

  • Typed report

  • Map or route

  • Bibliography of books used

  • History Fair Costume and Presentation on Feb. 4th!

 Each report will be typed and edited, and contain these topics: 

  • Interesting introduction and background information

  • Area Explored

  • Effects of the Exploration

  • What can we learn from this explorer and his explorations today?

  • Interesting Conclusion

Costumes and Presentation for History Fair:

Your child will create or buy a costume that will be suitable for your famous explorer. On the night of the History Fair your child will have to dress up, act like your explorer, and explain your explorer’s life and what they are “famous for” approximately two 15 minute sessions!


 Incomplete reports, missing elements, will result in a returned report so that the student can complete the assignment. Grades will be lowered 10% for every late assignment.
Explorer Report Information Sheet 

Dear Parents and Guardians,



Parents please look this packet over and discuss this project with your child.  Please place this packet in a safe place. Sign this page and return this sheet to Mrs. Christensen as soon as possible.  Thank you for your support. 
 

  • Yes, I understand that my child has an explorer report due on Friday, January 30th, 2009, and that the History Fair will be held on February 4th in the evening.

 Parent Signature: ___________________________

Student Name:___________________

The name of the explorer my child will research is…

___________________________ 

Remember… All writing must be in student’s own words.  DO NOT PLAGIARIZE!

  • Explorer Report Outline:

Each paragraph must include the following facts:

I.        Introduction and Background Information
A.      Personal Information on Explorer – birth, place of
          birth, death, information pertinent to the reasons he  
          became an explorer
B.      What country sponsored the explorer’s explorations?
          Why?  Who was involved?  Was anyone else interested
          in exploring this region?
C.      Was there anyone else involved?  Did anyone else
          make significant contributions to the exploration?
          (Sacagawea with Lewis and Clark, for example)

II.        Areas Explored
A.       What regions did this explorer explore?  Describe the
           region?  
B.       When did the explorer explore the region?
C.       Who occupied this land before the explorers came to the
           region?  What were they like?
D.       Why was the explorer exploring this region?
E.        What did the explorer hope to find?
F.        What were the conditions of the time that lead to the
           exploration of this region?

III.        Effects of the Exploration
A.       Why is this exploration significant in history?  Were any
           major discoveries made in the exploration?
B.       What were the effects of this explorer’s discoveries and
           explorations in Europe, America, or around the world?  Were there economic effects?
           Was there an increase in scientific knowledge?  
C.        What were the effects of the explorer’s explorations on
           the native peoples already in the region?
D.        Are there any lasting effects of this explorer’s
           explorations in our time?

IV.        Conclusion: What can we learn from this explorer and his explorations today?  
 A.        Does the actions of this explorer provide any wisdom or
            warnings for us today or for the future?
 B.        As a Christian, can you draw any conclusions about the
            explorer’s actions or behavior?  Back up your
            conclusions with Biblical references.


  • Map of Exploration:  Provide a map that shows this explorer’s most famous route.  Include the following detail: 

  • Destination point

  • Final destination

  • Oceans

  • Countries

  • Red line showing the route

  • Compass rose

  • Key

  • Do not forget to label it!!! 



  • Other KEY information: 

You will begin your research during your media time.  There you will explore the possible reference materials available to you as well as an assortment of Internet sites.  In library, you will research and take notes.  In the classroom you will work on your rough draft writing.  All final drafts must be typed using a clear font (no fancy, hard-to-read type) and 12-14-point type in black ink.  Students may choose to type their report at home.  If this is the case, you must bring a draft in to show Mrs. Christensen who may have some changes she wishes you to make.  Remember, revision is a very important step in the writing process. 
 

Timeline of Report:

  • November 17-21st: Create your Cover/Title Page/Table of Contents!



  • November 24-December 5th: Research at a local library with your parents!!



  • December 8-19th: Write your rough draft, proofread, and revise it! It will be checked in class on the 19th. You must have your draft at school!



  • December 20-January 23th: Typing the rough draft of your paper and Bibliography at school and at home! (BRING YOUR FLASH DRIVE!!!)



  • The completed research paper (final draft) is due Friday, January 30th!




  • The History Fair will be in the evening on February 4th. This is when our class will present our famous explorers in costume as a “Wax Museum” for parents and families!

The name of the explorer I am researching is_____________________

Student Name:_____________________

** Use encyclopedias, other books, magazines and the Internet to help research these questions.  You will use these notes when writing your report. 

What is your explorer’s full name? 
 

When was your explorer born and where?

 
 

In what year did your explorer die?

 
 

What was your explorer’s early life like?


 
 

For what country did your explorer sail (or search)?

 
 

Describe your person's exploration(s)

  

 
 
 


  Complete this question.  You can use this information when writing your conclusion: The most interesting thing I learned about this explorer was: 

  • This page shows you how to cite the three sources in your bibliography.  You will type this page in Microsoft Word, but you will have to keep a record all sources you use.  Record sources here: 

Resource type: 

Author's last name: 

Author's first name: 

Book or Article Title: 

Other pieces (see attached examples):  
 
 

Resource type: 

Author's last name: 

Author's first name: 

Book or Article Title: 

Other pieces (see attached examples):  


 
 

Resource type: 

Author's last name: 

Author's first name: 

Book or Article Title: 

Other pieces (see attached examples):  


 
 
 

Explorer Report Grading Rubric:











.

Beginning
1


Developing
2


Accomplished
3


Excellent
4


Score




Introduction

Disorganized, no information on what is to come

Gives too little information.

Summarizes report

Concise, well-written introduction

.




Research Part 1 (describe the explorer's routes, important events and dates, vehicles used)

Does not cover all appropriate topics

Covers some of the appropriate topics.

Covers most of the appropriate topics.

All appropriate topics covered well. Also includes interesting facts.

.




Research Part 2 (explains the importance of the trip, who sent the explorer, describes the life of the explorer (if known), includes map of the route)

Does not cover all appropriate topics

Covers some of the appropriate topics.

Covers most of the appropriate topics.

All appropriate topics covered well. Also includes interesting facts.

.




Spelling/Grammar

Many spelling and grammatical errors

A few errors

Only one or two errors

Spelling and grammar perfect

.




Presentation

Illegible, messy

Almost illegible

Legible writing, accompanying illustrations

Well organized presentation, typed or written using a word processor, accompanying illustrations

.




Total Score:______
















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