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January 18

posted Jan 18, 2013, 6:21 AM by Peter Knowles
Earlier this week we learned about Marco Polo's journey to China and how his story became an inspiration for many others who followed him in history. The movie we watched mentioned Christopher Columbus, but there were many other explorers who sought out new lands in the years after Marco Polo. In today's assignment, you'll have a chance to learn a bit about one of these people and prepare materials we can continue to use as we complete our next unit. 

Here's what you need to do:

1) Go the Explorers' Page at the Age of Exploration exhibit of the Mariners' Museum.
2) CHOOSE ONE of the explorers listed there. But make sure the person you choose lived and explored AFTER Marco Polo but BEFORE 1800 CE. 
3) Use the link to your chosen explorer to learn about his life and voyages. 
4) Create a Google Doc Presentation (Go to Drive, click Create > Presentation) to explain details of your chosen explorer's life and work. 
Information on these pages will vary, but your completed presentation should include most of the following items:
    a) Basic biographical information (Name, life-dates, home country)
    b) Primary goal(s)
    c) Achievement(s)
    d) Routes (consider linking to the "Voyage routes" page, as well as describing them)
    e) Image of the person (copy the link for the image, then use Insert >Image by URL, and paste the link you copied, to insert the image)
    f) Tools and/or ships used by your explorer (Look at the tan box on the right hand side of the page for this information)
    g) A summary of his greatest voyage, or a representative voyage
    h) Links to more information from other sources about your person 
5) Include a link to your information source for the information you include on each slide.

Finished presentations should have at least 5 different slides; Here's a sample of how you MIGHT organize yours. 
Choose the background/theme to fit your tastes.

Turn in your presentation to the Daily Work DropBox when done. 
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