Ch 8: English Explorers Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

If you are seeking a strategy to make your teaching of English explorers more enjoyable and effective for your students, utilize our lessons and lesson plan outlines in your classroom. Enhance your students' learning experience with video lessons, group activities, writing assignments and more.

English Explorers Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Support your traditional lesson plans for teaching your students about English explorers with the resources offered in this chapter. Show short video lessons or have students read lesson transcripts, then create class discussions around the material reviewed in these lesson, covering such explorers as Henry Hudson, John Cabot and Sir Francis Drake. You can also increase class participation by implementing the activities described in the accompanying lesson plan outlines.

Lesson plan outlines also provide vocabulary words, classroom discussion topics and other helpful tools that ensure your students get the most out of this particular history topic.

How It Helps

  • Vocabulary words: Lists terms and phrases relating to these explorers and their discoveries that will help students focus on important information from each lesson.
  • Student engagement: Ensures classroom participation and student interest by taking a nontraditional approach to this subject.
  • Activities or games: Encourages students to think creatively and to explore topics more in-depth with non-traditional activities and research projects.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning English Explorers lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific English exploration topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your history class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related English exploration lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of individual explorers and their discoveries, such as Henry Hudson, James Cook and the Northwest Passage.
  • Engage your students with relevant English explorers activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

14 Lessons in Chapter 8: English Explorers Lesson Plans
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Navigation Acts Lesson Plan

1. Navigation Acts Lesson Plan

This lesson plan discusses the 1651 Navigation Acts passed by the British Parliament. The plan helps students to understand the Navigation Acts through a video lesson and class discussion of its finer points as well as an activity where groups of students investigate and present how the Navigation Acts impacted each colony.

British Navigation Acts of 1651: Definition, Purpose & Summary

2. British Navigation Acts of 1651: Definition, Purpose & Summary

This lesson will cover the British Navigation Acts of 1651. We will lay out the main provisions of the Acts, discuss their background and purpose, and touch upon their results.

John Cabot Lesson Plan

3. John Cabot Lesson Plan

Teachers this lesson explores John Cabot's contribution to world geography. Students will watch a video, answer discussion questions, participate in a mapping assignment and take a quiz.

John Cabot, Explorer: Voyage, Facts & Accomplishments

4. John Cabot, Explorer: Voyage, Facts & Accomplishments

Meet John Cabot, one of the earliest explorers of the New World. Discover how Cabot and his son explored the Canadian coastline for the British in search of the Northwest Passage, a water route to Asia.

James Cook Lesson Plan

5. James Cook Lesson Plan

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.

Captain James Cook Facts: Lesson for Kids

6. Captain James Cook Facts: Lesson for Kids

The maps we have today weren't always complete! Explorers like Captain James Cook were often responsible for being the first person to set eyes on some of the parts of the world that are known to us today. In this lesson, you will learn about Captain James Cook and some of his adventures.

Sir Francis Drake Lesson Plan

7. Sir Francis Drake Lesson Plan

This lesson plan revolves around a video lesson on Sir Francis Drake and his life, voyages, and accomplishments. It provides vocabulary terms, discussion questions, and a unique activity, and you can use a quiz to check student knowledge.

Sir Francis Drake, Explorer: Route, Timeline & Voyage

8. Sir Francis Drake, Explorer: Route, Timeline & Voyage

In this lesson we explore the sixteenth-century English privateer and knight, Sir Francis Drake, the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe and the scourge of Spanish North America.

Henry Hudson Lesson Plan

9. Henry Hudson Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will provide you with a quiz, discussion points and questions, as well as an activity that will improve student comprehension and retention of information surrounding Henry Hudson.

Who Is Henry Hudson? - Facts, Voyage & Route

10. Who Is Henry Hudson? - Facts, Voyage & Route

Henry Hudson was an English explorer and navigator. Learn more about his life and the four important expeditions that he made while trying to find a direct route from Europe to Asia in this lesson.

Northwest Passage Lesson Plan

11. Northwest Passage Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will allow you to test your students' knowledge, interpretation and research skills surrounding the Northwest Passage, its importance in history and today, as well as its main historical figures.

What Is the Northwest Passage? - Explorers, Definition & History

12. What Is the Northwest Passage? - Explorers, Definition & History

In this lesson we explore the Northwest Passage and the explorers who devoted voyages to finding a quick route to East Asia, through North America, from Europe.

Navigation Acts Lesson Plan for Elementary School

13. Navigation Acts Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan uses an informational text to teach students about the Navigation Acts. Students will do a close reading of the text, ask and answer questions to increase comprehension, and complete a cooperative activity.

Mercantilism Lesson Plan for Middle School

14. Mercantilism Lesson Plan for Middle School

This lesson plan provides teachers with activities for teaching students about mercantilism in the colonies. Students will read a text lesson and role play scenes that depict this economic system.

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