There are 4 main parts to this project:
Step 1: Gaining background knowledge
Step 2: Collecting data
Step 3: Preparations for writing and assembling the Explorer's Notebook
Step 4: Presenting your findings and evidence to the King and Queen
Step 1: Gaining Background Knowledge
Before collecting information on your explorer, research navigational gear as well as types of sailing ships explorers would have used in the 1400's. You will read actual diaries and letters from Explorers written in the 1500's. After reading these, adopt their style and do your best to write your journals and letters in the same fashion.
Step 2: Collecting Information
Each individual, pair, or group will choose a different explorer about whom to research and create an Explorer's Notebook. If done in groups, assign each member of the team a role. Useful roles would be:
Task 4 - early life
Task 10 - letter
Task 3 - map
Task 8 - ship
Task 6 - journal
Task 9 - samples and drawings
Task 5 - weather log
Task 1 - cover
Task 2 - announcement
Task 7 - flag
Step 3: Writing and Assembling the Explorer Notebook
After you have gathered all the information you need, meet with your group and share what you have learned. Listen to what the other group members have learned too. Write your part of the Notebook and work with the others so that each page in the notebook has the same style. Proof read, edit, and produce a final Explorer's Notebook.
Step 4: Presenting Your Findings to the King and Queen
Now is the time you have been waiting for. Dress up in your finest clothes representing the time period and prepare your presentation to the King and Queen. Bring your findings and evidence. Each person must present his/her own part. Perhaps you will be rewarded for your achievement and be knighted!