Week 1: Christopher Columbus OR Europe Meets America (Note Making & Outlines)
Work on your writing assignment for the week each day until you complete it.
Read chapters 1-6 in The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
Study your vocabulary words. If you’d like to add even more to your working vocabulary, you can also begin keeping a book of new words you learn while reading this year’s literature.
Timeline: 1492 Columbus discovered America.
Commonplace Notebook: The following quotes have been attributed to Christopher Columbus.
“Riches don’t make a man rich, they only make him busier.”
“Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.”
“No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Saviour, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service.”
Find out more about the following:
The first inhabitants of this continent.
The Viking who was credited as the first European to visit North America in 1000 A.D.
What was North America called by this Viking?
Which royal person thought it was possible to sail all the way around Africa?
How did Columbus get money to pay for his voyage?
Who got credit for finding America?
Who discovered Cape Cod?
Find out something interesting about Vasco de Gama.
Our continent is named after someone other than Columbus. Who was it?
Just for fun:
12 Strange US Geography Facts No One Told You About
Monday: The U.S.: 13 Colonies Map
Tuesday: “Conquest of Paradise” (extended version), by Vangelis
(Parents, this is not an endorsement for the film, 1492. It’s just a piece that was composed for the movie and an example of how composers can be inspired to write music based on an historical event.)
Think of a word that describes the above music that you listened to yesterday.
Think of something you can be thankful for because of the explorers you found out about this week.
Finish anything you still have to do for this week’s co-op assignment and take tomorrow off.