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Jean Ribault claims Florida for France


  1. The students will be able to identify the expeditions of French explorers Ribault and Laudonnière.

Sunshine State Standards Benchmarks:

SS.A.1.2.1 - SS.A.3.2.4 - SS.A.4.2.2 - SS.A.6.2.3 - SS.B.1.2.1


fort monument conflict Huguenots
interior prosper pirates artisans
documented dismay establish dwindle

Suggested Activities:

  1. Define the vocabulary words as a class. Using chart paper, write the sentences that contain the vocabulary words from the passage. Underline the vocabulary word in the sentence. Leave some space between each of the sentences so you and the students can write your class-generated definitions using context clues.
  2. Have the students complete a story clock detailing the events as they happened in the passage.
  3. Provide students with a map of the southeastern states of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Have the students label the following locations: St. Augustine area, River of May (St. Johnís River), Ribault's monument, Port Royal (in South Carolina), Charlesfort, Fort Caroline (at the mouth of the River of May).
  4. Create a timeline integrating the explorations of Ribault, Laudonnière, and Menendez.
  5. Have the students research "piracy" and some of the pirates that existed during this time.
  6. Complete and review FCAT questions.

(Note: Actual FCAT practice passages are wrtten at the students' independent reading level. These Florida History selections are written at the students' instructional reading level. Therefore, students should not be asked to complete the questions until after receiving class instruction on the vocabulary and content of the passage. Students should also read the Florida History selection independently before answering the FCAT questions and be permited to return to the selection for rereading as they answer.)

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