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Ideas for Classroom Use

The First Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan

Research Project

Using the map and the linked logbook, students work in small teams to present yearly summaries for the first voyage of the Charles W. Morgan. Students should investigate the following questions:

Students should present their findings in a classroom presentation and in written form.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text (Grade4)

Standard 3 (Grade 4) Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what  happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

Standard 9 (Grade 4) Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject  knowledgeably.

Writing, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 (Grades 3-5) Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Standard 2 (Grades 3-5) Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Standard 3 (Grades 3-5) Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Standard 9 (Grades 3-5) Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 6-12

Standard 7 (Grade 6) Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 (Grades 6-8) Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Standard 2 (Grades 6-8) Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

Standard 3 (Grades 6-8) Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique,  relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

Standard 7 (Grade 6) Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the  inquiry when appropriate.

Standard 9 (Grades 6-8) Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Reading standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 (Grades 9-10) Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.

Standard 2 (Grades 6-8) Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

Standard 7 (Grades 6-8) Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Writing standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 2 (Grades 6-12) Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.

Standard 7 (Grades 6-12) Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-  generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

Standard 9 (Grades 6-12) Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis reflection, and research.