Waldseemuller Map Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What in the world is a Waldseemuller Map? This lesson plan teaches students the history and significance of the Waldseemuller Map through a text lesson, discussion questions and a hands-on map drawing activity.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify the Waldseemuller Map
  • summarize the origin and significance of the Waldseemuller Map
  • explain the contributions of the Waldseemuller Map

Length

1.5 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2

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.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7

Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Materials

  • An image of the Waldseemuller Map with the twelve individual sections clearly marked
  • Paper copies of the text lesson Waldseemuller Map: Definition & Significance, one for each student
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson, one for each student
  • Offwhite construction paper
  • Colored pencils
  • A current world map divided into twelve sections, just as the Waldseemuller map is

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