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The Sea Tiger: The Story of Pedro Menéndez: Living History Through (Making of the Modern World, 1500’s)

In this engaging course series, you will gain the advantage of learning history in the context of a great story. Join us in this project-based course and learn about the 1500’s through the remarkable story of Pedro Menéndez of Avile.

Total classes: 6

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 5th to 8th

Suggested credit: 1/2 semester Literature or History (Register for “The Scarlet Pimpernel: Living History Through Literature” for one full semester.)


Living History Through Literature is a project-based course series offered to 5th through 9th grade students. These courses will weave the study of literature into a meaningful and engaging encounter with a specific era of history. In The Sea Tiger we read about Pedro Menéndez of Aviles, an unfamiliar name to many Americans—and yet in 1565 this remarkable man founded St. Augustine, the oldest continually-inhabited city in North America. Growing up in Asturia, Spain, the young Pedro became a master at handling boats, with an instinctive knowledge of the sea and those who sail upon it.

Students will study the historical context of the novel and participate in engaging literature discussions. In this project-based course, students will engage in short quizzes and in projects of their choice. Project options will include fiction writing, preparing period-specific food and/or costumes, creating classic art remakes, recreating scenes from the novel (Legos, clay, K’nex, digital drawing, hand-drawing, etc.), building a timeline, mapping, and more.


Class 1: Overview of Historical Context and Novel Introduction

Class 2: Literature Discussion; Project Introduction

Class 3: Literature Discussion; Cultural Overview

Class 4: Literature Discussion; Fiction Writing Tips

Class 5: Literature Discussion; Final Project Instructions

Class 6 Literature Analysis and Historical Connections; Student Project Showcase

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: The Sea Tiger: The Story of Pedro Menéndez by Frank Kolars [Bethlehem] (https://bethlehembooks.com/product/the-sea-tiger-the-story-of-pedro-menendez/). Your student will need PowerPoint or Google Slides (free online) to create a project in this course.

Homework: Weekly quizzes and reading assignments. Each week, students will work on one project-based assignment that will culminate in final novel project submission. Homework (including novel reading) will take 1.5-3 hours per week. Parents are encouraged to support younger students by reading texts aloud and helping with project planning and execution.

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