In this three-day lesson, 3rd-Graders will be guided through a primary source describing an encounter between California Coast Miwok and the English privateer Sir Francis Drake. Starting with a roleplaying activity (Alien Greeting Game), students will experience and reflect on the confusion that can occur when people from different cultures meet for the first time. Then, through excerpts from the journal of Frances Fletcher, the chaplain aboard the Golden Hind, students will develop a list of research questions. The lesson ends with a connection to the Doctrine of Discipline, which reveals the true motive of Sir Francis Drake and other European colonizers. Please note that this three-day lesson takes place in the middle of a unit on Coast Miwok, so the students already have some familiarity with the topic.
Willow Creek Academy
Sausalito Marin City School District
English Language Arts