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Showing Grade 7, Unit 11a, The Age of Exploration
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Latitude: Changed Knowledge of the World

http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~feegi/

Rating: 1, Awesome!

Description: Discover the difference that knowledge of latitude made in travel and exploration between the 15th and the 16th centuries. See the ships and many examples of navigation equipment used during the Age of Exploration. Standards 5.2.1 and 7.11.1

Resource Type: Mix of Text and Graphics.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 1934

Marco Polo & Zheng He - Yuan Foundations of New World Discovery

http://www.marcopolovoyages.com/LibCongressPapers/GunnarThompson.html

Rating: 1, Awesome!

Description: This presentation by Gunnar Thompson, including a series of clear maps, was made at a Library of Congress conference in May of 2005. He is arguing that there is evidence from Marco Polo's journals of extensive exploration of the New World by the Chinese in the 13th c. and that Polo's maps helped later explorer Zheng He. Standards 7.8.3, 7.11.1 and 7.11.2

Resource Type: Mix of Text and Graphics.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 3668

Miami Museum of Science-Shipwreck Exhibit

http://www.miamisci.org/shipwreck/exhibit.html

Rating: 1, Awesome!

Description: This is a link to the Shipwreck Exhibit at the Miami Science Museum. It is a great resource for exploring Spanish treasure fleets and how marine archaeologists preserve artifacts they recover from shipwrecks. The links also include information on shipbuilding and navigation. Standard 7.11.2

Resource Type: Mix of Text and Graphics.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 2164

New World Encounters

http://www.learner.org/biographyofamerica/prog01/index.html

Rating: 1, Awesome!

Description: This site from the Biography of America series takes the viewer from the first Americans to European conquest. Four interactive features tell the story: the Image as History is of Acoma Pueblo, the Map feature shows pre-colonial America and the routes of de Soto and Coronado. There is a full transcript of the video program and a webography of primary and secondary sources. Standards 5.2.1, 5.3.1, 7.11.1 and 7.11.2

Comments: The map and timeline are especially useful resources for English learners.

Resource Type: Mix of Text and Graphics.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 2309

Spanish Exploration and Conquest of Native America

http://www.floridahistory.com/inset11.html

Rating: 1, Awesome!

Description: Here is the conquest of America from a Native American perspective. Cabeza de Vaca's eight years in North America, starting in 1528, set the stage for Hernando de Soto to lead an army of settlers from Havana, Spain's "Ellis Island," into America in the 1540's. This is an extensive site with maps and primary source materials. It was written by Donald E. Sheppard and has received numerous awards including the American anthropology and History Award. Standards 5.2.2, 5.3.1, 5.3.4, 7.7.3, and 7.11.2

Comments: The graphics are plentiful but the clarity could be better.

Resource Type: True.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 2817

Virtual Museum of New France

http://www.civilization.ca/vmnf/vmnfe.asp

Rating: 1, Awesome!

Description: Gain a different perspective on European exploration of America by seeing it through the eyes of the French. Here are primary source maps, an interactive timeline, biographies of explorers, and primary and secondary material on the lives of European settlers. There is also an excellent section on First Nations that includes the region of the current U.S. Standards 5.2.4 and 7.11.1

Comments: This site is also in French and English.

Resource Type: Mix of Text and Graphics.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 3370

Captain Cook and the Scourge of Scurvy

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/empire_seapower/captaincook_scurvy_01.shtml

Rating: 2, High!

Description: Scurvy didn't become a problem to sea going expeditions until vessels started penetrating the Indian and the Pacific Oceans. Vasco da Gama lost two thirds of his crew to the disease while making his way to India in 1499. In 1520 Magellan lost more than 80 per cent while crossing the Pacific. A description of the disease was first writen in 1740 by Richard Walter, a ship's chaplin: "skin black as ink, ulcers, difficult respiration, rictus of the limbs, teeth falling out and, perhaps most revolting of all, a strange plethora of gum tissue sprouting out of the mouth, which immediately rotted and lent the victim's breath an abominable odour." Standards 4.2.2, 5.2.2, and 7.11.2

Comments: The reading level is a bit high for grade 4 but the gruesome details motivate students to find the needed information.

Resource Type: Secondary Text.

Graphics content: Low.

Resource ID: 591

Christopher Columbus: Extracts from His Journal

http://www.georgetown.edu/bassr/heath/sites.html#columbus

Rating: 2, High!

Description: This document is the from the journal of Columbus in his voyage of 1492. People have very different views of Columbus' voyage. On the one hand, it is witness to the tremendous vitality and verve of late medieval and early modern Europe - which was on the verge of acquiring a world hegemony. On the other hand, the direct result of this and later voyages was the virtual extermination, by ill-treatment and disease, of the vast majority of the Native inhabitants, and the enormous growth of the transatlantic slave trade. Read the perspective of Columbus himself at this site. Standard 7.11.1

Resource Type: Primary Source Text.

Graphics content: Low.

Resource ID: 657

Columbian Exchange: Plants, Animals, and Disease between the Old and New Worlds

http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us/tserve/nattrans/ntecoindian/essays/columbian.htm

Rating: 2, High!

Description: This article by Alfred Crosby describes the revoluton in biology caused by the European conquest of America. Readers larn about the food, diseases, and animals and how they changed with the European "encounter." There is a set of links to topics related to the exchange. Standard 7.11.2

Comments: The vocabualry is a bit high but the information is fascinating. There is a teacher discussion guide included.

Resource Type: Secondary Text.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 760

Columbus - Primary Sources

http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/D/1400-1500/columbus/brf94.htm

Rating: 2, High!

Description: Here are two primary source documents from Columbus. One is a letter and the other excerpts from his journal. Standards 5.2.1 and 7.11.2

Comments: A great resource from the Medieval Sourcebook. A bit hard to read for some students.

Resource Type: Primary Source Text.

Graphics content: Low.

Resource ID: 761

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