8th Grade Social Studies
Week Sept 16-20
Mon 16th- Bellringer- What prior knowledge do you have of European exploration in our state?
1. Students read the section “Spanish Exploration in the Gulf of Mexico” independently.
2. Complete the first box on the Timeline of European Exploration of Louisiana about Hernando De Soto’s expedition through the southeastern part of North America.
3. Read the sections on French Explorations in Canada and Missionaries, Fur Traders, and Native Americans in New France independently.
Tues 17th- Bellringer- What are some reasons the Europeans were exploring North America?
Read Rene-Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle
Fill in timeline for the appropriate dates.
Observe paintings from Early European Exploration.
Wed 18th- Bellringer- Was there anything to fear when exploring North America?
Class discussion on North America in 1748 map.
Where areas do the French claim on this map?
How would you characterize the size of the French claim?
If LaSalle claimed all the lands which waters drain into the Mississippi River, what is the extent of France’s claim in the New World?
Thurs 19th- Bellringer- What areas did the French Claim?
Class discussion about the impact of LaSalle claiming Louisiana for France.
Why did LaSalle have representatives of the Catholic Church with his expedition?
Why was the ceremony to claim Louisiana for France held at the mouth of the Mississippi River?
Fri 20th- Bellringer- Why was life in French LA so difficult?
Students will read the sections on French Explorations in Canada and Missionaries, Fur Traders, and Native Americans in New France from Early Exploration of Louisiana.
Complete the appropriate box in timeline.