Source: 1421: The Year China Discovered America?
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The following Frame, Focus and Follow-up suggestions are best suited for middle school students using this video in an English language arts or social studies lesson. Be sure to modify the questions to meet your students' instructional needs.
What is Frame, Focus and Follow-up?
Frame (ELA) What is prior knowledge? Why is what you already know important? How does what you already know affect how you learn new ideas and concepts?
Focus (ELA) On what fact did Gavin Menzies establish his theory?
Follow Up (ELA) Now that you’ve heard Gavin Menzies's theory about pre-Columbian exploration of the world, how does it impact what you already know about who discovered the “new world”? Are you interested in doing additional research to prove or disprove this new idea? Is it relevant or irrelevant to know who discovered the new world?
Frame (SS) What do you know about naval expeditions in the 15th century? Describe the ships. What were they used for? How far did they normally travel?
Focus (SS) Which two explorers had maps to use in their voyages? From where did these maps come?
Follow Up (SS) What conditions lead to the increased exploration of the world by European sovereigns and the Chinese Ming Dynasty? Were there people in other parts of the world that participated in expeditions, and who were they?
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We assign reference terms to each statement within a standards document and to each media resource, and correlations are based upon matches of these terms for a given grade band. If a particular standards document of interest to you is not displayed yet, it most likely has not yet been processed by ASN or by Teachers' Domain. We will be adding social studies and arts correlations over the coming year, and also will be increasing the specificity of alignment.