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Explorer Project
My explorer is ___________________________________.
Calling All Explorers!
The time has finally come for you to complete your own explorer project. You will create a stunning report on your explorer using class time as well as time at home. You will need to research information carefully, write and type a report, and provide maps, flags, and other pictures to really make your report outstanding. Finally, you will present your report to the class for us all to learn and enjoy. This is a cross-curriculum assignment which means you will be hearing about explorers in most of your classes. You will receive a grade for your written report in both Social Studies and Reading. The completed report is due Friday, December 11, 2015. Presentations will be from December 14th-17th. Below is a sample pacing guide.
12/3 Complete research notes 12/9 Complete final draft

12/4 Complete flag 12/10 Complete map

12/7 Complete rough draft 12/11 Prepare presentation

12/8 Complete cover page Extra Time? Create a Google Slide



Cover Page:

  1. A title in a large font size

  2. Your name is somewhere under the title, preferably in smaller font

  3. Includes a self-colored illustration

  4. Typed on white paper or hand made with construction paper


Biography:

  1. Font is Times New Roman, Calibri, or Arial; size is 12pt-14pt

  2. When available, includes birth date, birthplace, and death date

  3. Tells about the “Early Years” of the explorer

  4. Tells about the explorations of the explorer

  5. Introduction paragraph

  6. Paragraph structure (3-5+ sentences)

  7. Stays on topic

  8. Closing/conclusion paragraph


Map:

  1. Hand-draw your explorer’s route(s)

  2. Self-colored map

  3. Label countries and bodies of water

  4. Include  at least 2 hand drawn or photocopied illustrations, such as ships, compass, gold, etc.

  5. Include a map key or legend


Flag:

  1. Home country or sponsored country

  2. Self-colored

  3. Includes the title of the country



Oral Presentation:

    1. Name your explorer and show a picture of him (remember, you will not have your report)

    2. Includes when and where he was born and died

    3. Includes why he was important

    4. Presentation is 1 - 3 minutes long

    5. Use a clear, strong voice

    6. Good eye contact

    7. Note cards have key words, NOT SENTENCES. Don’t read to the class: memorize presentation

    8. OPTIONAL: add another visual (Google Slides, a poster, dress up as your explorer, etc.)


Bibliography (Optional/Extra Credit):

  1. Include at least 2 sources and number each source

  2. Books need a title and author’s name; encyclopedias listed by name

  3. Websites should be listed by name (not search engines)

S. S. Explorer Report Rubric
Pts. Possible Your Guess Pts. Earned

Cover Page 25 _________ _________


Biography 100 _________ _________
Map 30 _________ _________
Flag   20 _________ _________
Presentation 25 _________ _________
Bibliography Bonus _________ _________


TOTAL POINTS (200 Possible) ________

Explorer Report Notes:

Use this guide to collect information about the explorer.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION (Introduction Paragraph)
Date of birth: _________________________
Date and place of death: ________________________________________________________________________
Birthplace: __________________________________________________________________________________
Country explorer represented: ___________________________________________________________________
Years during which explorer traveled: _____________________________________________________________
Name of ship or ships (if available): ______________________________________________________________
What was the explorer’s goal? ___________________________________________________________________
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EVENTS OF EXPLORER’S LIFE (Middle Paragraphs)

Remember to include dates whenever possible


Early Life (Where was his home?  Did he always live there?  Did he go to school?  Did he have siblings?  What happened before he became an explorer?):
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Voyages (Which county sponsored his journey?  Did he make any new discoveries?  Which areas did he explore?  What contributions did his journey do for the world?  What were the consequences of his journey?  What interesting facts did you find out about him?  Why is he important?
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More Voyages: _____________________________________________________________________________


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OUTCOME OF THE VOYAGE OR TRAVELS (Conclusion Paragraph)


Did the explorer accomplish his goal or what he set out do? Explain.  __________________________________
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What did he gain for himself or the country he represented? _________________________________________
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How was he treated on his return to his country? __________________________________________________


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Rough Draft of explorer routes


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