Lesson: Why the exploration of North America?
Author: Esther Ting
TH:Cr.1.1.5. c. Imagine how a character’s inner thoughts impact the story and given circumstances in a drama/ theatre work
Social Studies Standard
Objective 1 d. Determine reasons for the exploration of North America (e.g., religious, economic, political).
Students will be able to determine the reasons & challenges for the exploration & colonization of North America and the impact of character’s thoughts in a story by making decisions on the exploration of North America as explorers.
Step 2 – Finding out the reasons (8 min)
Step 3 – Meeting with the queen (10 min)
Step 4 – Voting (2 min)
Step 5 – Decision Alley (5-7 min)
Step 8 – Packing and Loading for the navigation (5 min)
Ponce de León was a Spanish explorer who led the first European expedition to Florida and who first sailed to the New World on Christopher Columbus’ second voyage in 1493. Nine years later he was working in the island of Hispaniola when he landed a promotion to the station of frontier governor of a new province in recognition of his success in helping to crush a native rebellion. In 1513, he led his first trip to Florida, an area that he named. In 1521, Ponce de León sailed back to Florida to help firm up his claim. After landing in the Sunshine State, Ponce de León, his crew, and the group of colonists whom he had led were attacked by native warriors. It’s believed that Ponce de León took a poison arrow to the leg. He was able to make it back to Cuba, where he died of his wounds in 1521.