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Explorer Project Details

Your Name

Completed Diary Due:


Explorers’ Cocktail Party Date:

Your Parent’s Signature:


A)Diary Project / Report:

Cover Page: The hand drawn portrait of your explorer

2nd and following pages: Attached in an appropriate way. Includes all pages of the final copy of the written diary - created 10-15 well-written diary entries.

the final page is the completed Bibliography: this is a list of your resources

see attached sheet in regards to The Explorers’ Order of Good Cheer and Checklist


to restate or rewrite something in your own words

Be sure that you use the facts for your research

Make sure you remember the facts for the Party


1. You will need to read and locate information from at least THREE sources:


Encyclopedia (online or print)

Internet web site


2. You will need to take notes on the provided pages. DO NOT copy your notes word-for-word

from the sources you use. Paraphrase what you read, and only write down what is important to you and your focus from your sources. Write your notes in point form. These are called JOT notes. Do not copy the sentences from the resources. In class we will have time to write your diary entries. From home: You may need to look on-line, to print off information from the Internet and get books from the Kitchener Public Library to make jot notes from.

3. You will need to make rough drafts of your diary entries and write from your explorer’s

perspective or state it through the eyes of your explorer. Revising will be necessary.

4. You must present your diary in a specific format. Handwritten or hand printed is best. Some

students have permission to use the computer. If you want to create a piece that looks authentic or old fashioned consider creative ways to enhance the illusion of the document as antique.

B)Portrait of Your Explorer - Pencil Drawing:

You must draw your the portrait of your explorer on a 8 1/2 “ X 7 ”. This is a legal size paper folded in half - the size of the diary. Draw your portrait free hand as closely to the one that you have found on the Internet or in an encyclopedia. Use proportion, shading, or value scale that has been practised and studied in class. Design into the background of the drawing of your person an image that is symbolic of the environment in which they lived. (For example: If your explorer was the captain of a ship, the ship might be included in the background of his picture.) Label your person's full name in large neat lettering and dates of birth and death. Write your first and last name and date in small lettering at the lower right hand corner of the paper.

Capt.James Cook 1728 – 1779 By: Mrs. C. Schaefer

Capt.James Cook 1728 – 1779

By: Mrs. C. Schaefer

Explorer Project Details

What is The Order of Good Cheer?

The Order of Good Cheer (French: L'Ordre de Bon Temps), was an event founded by Samuel de

Champlain. Many of the men were sick and bored because of the long winters in Port-Royal, Champlain

thought that some good food and music would liven their spirits. For our purposes, it is similar to a Pow

wow that First Nations People celebrate at.

C)“The Order of Good Cheer”or “Explorer Party” is the dramatic portion of the research project. After completing the research paper, students will then be placed in a unique imaginary setting. Each explorer will mingle with the others and must attempt conversation to talk about themselves in character and on task. Each Explorer has been invited to The Order of Good Cheer. At this Cocktail Party students will be responsible for only talking on task about themselves in character and asking questions from the other guests that will encourage everyone to talk about themselves (always in an informative way). The expectation is to share important details about the explorer they are portraying. they must share important facts about their explorer’s life. The entire class will participate, both as actor’s and audience when listening to the other characters. Each explorer (student) will use shells/beads/counters to exchange with other explorers (students) who clearly answer questions in appropriate ways. This will encourage sharing and learning about each explorer present and their unique contributions as explorers. By listening to the students interact at the party it is easy to recognize who has done the research thoroughly. To support the spirit of the event there is a prize for the students who receives the most beads by answering the most often and thoroughly. Knowing your research is a must! Each student is responsible for dressing in clothing that is appropriate for his/her explorer. Students are encouraged to make their costume creatively and without expense. Students may bring in any type of appetizer to eat. Bonus points: are available to students whose food thematically relates to their explorer or time period. For the bonus to be rewarded a written explanation must be included with the project to explain the significance. (Students are encouraged to bring in enough food for each person to sample a small portion.)

PROJECT CHECKLIST for the 1st and 2nd Due Dates Summary of key date of when voyage was completed. completed hand written or hand printed diary which explains the identity of your explorer and their personal contribution contact with aboriginal people must be mentioned in your diary entry. Writing must be in your own words and information is accurate. Writing is in your own words, clear and focused. Reasons for exploration were identified and memorized 10 Diary entries were completed creatively and written correctly. Costume resembles explorer’s portrait on cover of diary Details about the ships and navigation techniques or issues Travel information included listing key points about journey. A Map detailing routes taken during voyage must be included. Develop some prompts for asking good questions at the party. Bibliography is completed. 1 appetizer or food item for each person in the class