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October 17, 2014

Exploring the Explorers

Find the routes of the explorers!

These are some of the major players during the Age of Exploration:

  1. Prince Henry of Portugal (Henry the Navigator)
  2. Bartolomeu Dias
  3. Ferdinand Magellan
  4. Vasco da Gama
  5. Christopher Columbus
  6. Amerigo Vespucci
  7. Vasco Nunes de Balboa
  8. Hernan Cortez
  9. Francisco Pizarro
  10. James Cook
  11. Juan Ponce de Leon
  12. Hernan de Soto

Find their routes and draw them into your map. Use different colors (colored pencils highly recommended to avoid a mess).

For each explorer use an index card or cut out paper (can be colored) to provide the following information:

  • Which color did you use for his route?
  • Name of Explorer
  • Time he lived
  • Where did he go?
  • What were his achievements?

Use the following websites for your research:





Make sure that you have covered

  • All the explorers
  • All the information
  • If you follow the directions closely you will be able to receive a good grade!

    Rubric: (What to do to get one of these grades)


    All explorers and information are fully covered. Orderly and complete map with different colored routes and creative cards/paper with all the information required.


    All explorers and information are fully covered. Complete map with different colored routes; cards/paper shows all the information required.


    One to three explorers are missing. Map is complete without different colors; information cards are missing some information.


    More than three explorers are missing. Map is incomplete; Information cards/paper is incomplete.

    71 and lower:

    Don’t even go there!

    Website for early finishers:


    September 23, 2014

    The Renaissance Connection

    Many things were happening and going on during the Renaissance. With this project we want to research and analyze how the different parts are connected.
    It is your task to find these connections. You will research elements of the Renaissance within your group, first. Take notes, make drawings etc to present your findings.
    These will be put on a wall paper. In group interaction you will establish the connection between the single elements. Draw lines and give a short explanation next to the lines.
    Finally, your group will work on a short essay that explains your opinion why the Renaissance is a major stepping stone for the modern times.

    The Artists:

    • Give a short description where they grew up and lived.
    • Tell us about their most famous works
    • Find reasons why their art is important for the Renaissance

    Leonardo da Vinci











    What is his major work and what are some of the ideas expressed within. How does he connect with the Renaissance.



    Read the first two pages of this above website

    Primary source: Machiavelli’s idea of a leader:


    City states

    Name the most famous city states. Where are they located? Why were the city states important for the Renaissance?



    Merchants, the Medici Family and the rise of banking

    Explain the importance of merchants and the rise of banking in the Renaissance.

    Tell us about the Medici Family. Why are they particularly famous?




    The Northern Renaissance

    Why did it take longer for the Renaissance to reach Northern Europe?

    How were the ideas spread?

    Name important persons of the Northern Renaissance, their ideas, pieces of art and/or other contributions to the new way of thinking.

    Is there a difference between the Italian and the Northern Renaissance?






    Where did Humanism develop?

    What are the main ideas of humanism? Who is one famous representative of Humanism.

    How is Humanism connected with the Renaissance?




    Who was Gutenberg?

    Describe his major invention and how this invention was about to change things tremendously?

    Why does his invention fit so perfectly into the Renaissance?



    This project is lab-graded and graded:

    90-95 All questions are answered and explained correctly. Creative, neat and orderly  visual display presentation. Connection lines are correct and explained.

    94-88 All questions are answered and explained correctly. Neat and orderly  visual display presentation. Connection lines are correct. Explanations need more work

    87-80 One of the answers and explanations are missing. Visual display presentation is OK. Connection lines and explanations need improvement.

    79-70 Answers and explanations are minimal. Visual display presentation is disorderly. Few connections, few or missing explanations.

    69 -0 Don’t even go there!!!

    August 29, 2014

    Welcome 7th Graders!

    I am very glad to have you all in my classroom. This will be a great year!

    We will spend some time on this website to work through and accomplish tasks and assignments.

    I know you will do some great work!!!

    August 25, 2014