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James Cook Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

This lesson explores James Cook and his important contribution to world geography. Students will complete an independent reading assignment, two activities and a quiz. An extension activity is also included.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Discuss James Cook's impact on world geography
  • Create a timeline of Cook's life and expeditions
  • Identify the significance Cook's expeditions

Length

This lesson will take 60 minutes. The optional extension will take an additional 30 minutes.

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.1

Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.3

Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).

Vocabulary

  • apprenticeship
  • apprentice
  • merchant
  • seaman
  • expedition

Instructions

Activity I

  • Explain to students that James Cook was a significant contributor to world geography through many expeditions.
  • Group students into three or four and distribute 10 - 15 blank index cards, a glue stick and 5 foot of string.
  • Allow students to use technology to research important dates associated with James Cook's life and his explorations.
  • Students may use their creativity to design the timeline. Allow them to print visuals to paste on the cards, if desired, and use the string to connect the cards.
  • Allow each group to present and require each group member to participate.

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