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St. Augustine -
The British Period and the Minorcans, 1768-1777
Prepared by Thalia Clarke
Intended Grade: 4th
Subject Area: Social Studies and Language Arts
Correlation to National or Florida Sunshine State Standards- Social Studies:
Standard 4: The student understands U.S. history to 1880 (SS.A.4.2)
Standard 6: The student understands the history of Florida and its people.
Correlation to National or Florida Sunshine State Standards- Language Arts/ Writing:
Standard 2: The student writes to communicate ideas and information.
The student will apply and demonstrate knowledge of the Minorcan immigration to
Florida in a variety of ways. The student will identify and empathize with the
Minorcan experience in Florida.
Approximate Time Required: 2 class periods
Journal writing materials; Minorcan dishes already prepared from included recipes
The background knowledge of the Minorcan immigration to Florida will have
already been given to students in the format that is most conducive to that class's
needs and abilities.
Teachers can access background information from the resources cited at the end
of the lesson.
The students will record their knowledge of the Minorcan immigration to Florida in
1768 by writing three journal entries. These will be written from the perspective of
a Minorcan child.
Entry 1 will be written before the journey from their home on Minorca.
Entry 2 will be written when they have arrived at the New Smyrna Colony.
Entry 3 will be written when they have fled and begun a new life in St. Augustine.
Illustrations may accompany the writings.
Day 2 will wrap up the lesson on the Minorcans in Florida with a celebration of
Minorcan dishes, music and journal readings.
The student will be evaluated with the following rubric.
The journal entries show a clear understanding and knowledge of the
+ Minorcan immigration to Florida.
The entries contain many details of place, circumstances, ideas and feelings that might
have occurred during this time. The entries demonstrate a great deal of creativity and
imagination. The entries are written with correct grammar and spelling. The entries
are legible and neatly written.
+ The journal entries show some understanding and knowledge of the
SMinorcan immigration to Florida.
The entries contain several details of place, circumstances, ideas, and feelings that
might have occurred during this time. The entries show some creativity and
imagination. The entries are written with a few grammar and spelling errors. The
entries are legible and neatly written.
The journal entries show limited understanding and knowledge of the
Minorcan immigration to Florida.
The entries contain at least one detail of place, circumstances, ideas and feelings that
might have occurred during this time. The entries show little creativity or imagination.
The entries show several grammar and spelling mistakes. The entries are somewhat
legible and neatly written.
SThe journal entries show almost no understanding or knowledge of the
Minorcan immigration to Florida.
The entries contain almost no details of place, circumstances, ideas, and feelings that
might have occurred during this time.
The entries show very little creativity or imagination. The entries contain many grammar
and spelling mistakes. The entries are not legible or neatly written.
St. Augustine: America's Oldest City, Cobblestone Magazine, November, 1995.
"Minorcan Cookery," by Richard Calhoun (pp. 22-23).
Griffin, Patricia C., Mullet on the Beach: The Minorcans of Florida 1768-1788, The
St. Augustine Historical Society/University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.,
The Minorcans in Florida submitted by Steve Rogero
Volusia County Heritage Archaeology of the New Smyrna Colony
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