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hepople Lesson Plans
Early Florida and the Florida Missions
Prepared by Diane Driggers
Intended Grade: Middle School
Subject Area: Social Studies and History
Correlation to National or Florida Sunshine State Standards:
National Board Propositions:
1. Teachers are committed to students and their learning
2. Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to
3. Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning
Florida Sunshine State Standards:
SSA1.2......The student understands historical chronology and historical
SSA3.2.......The student understands Western and Eastern civilization since the
SSA4.2......The student understands U.S. history to 1880.
SSB2.2......The student understands the interactions of people and the
SSA6.2......The student understands the history of Florida and its people.
Students will research Spanish Mission Architecture in respect to materials,
building types, and village plan, and compare and contrast the architecture
used by the Spanish and Native Floridians.
Students will take part in a Living History Activity by visiting the Mission San
Luis de Apalachee
1. In small groups students will use the internet to research the architecture of the
Spanish missions during the period from about 1620-1650 (focusing on either
the Apalachee, the Timucuas or the Spanish).
Students will take notes using the table provided, see attached.
Some suggested sites:
2. Students will share their research with the class.
Together the class will create a Venn diagram in order to compare and
contrast the types, and discuss.
3. Students will visit the Mission San Luis in Tallahassee.
As they meet and talk with the members of the mission, they need to focus
on the architecture of the buildings and the layout of the mission itself, take
photographs of the thatch, council house, wattle and daub, etc.
4. In small groups, students will use their research from the internet and their
field trip to choose and create one of the following projects:
A. Model of a typical mission- show layout of Spanish and Native buildings
B. Council house- must include palm thatch
C. Wattle and daub house- must have 4 walls and thatch roof.
Evaluation: [unspecified; at the discretion of the teacher]
Weitzel, Kelley G. The Timucua Indians: A Native American Detective Story.
(Gainesville, FL : University Presses of Florida, 1996).
Gannon, Michael V. (editor). The New History of Florida (Gainesville, FL :
University Presses of Florida, 1996).
Brown, Robin C. Florida's First People, 12,000 Years of History. (Sarasota,
FL: Pineapple Press, 1994)
Hann, John H., and Bonnie G. McEwan. Apalachee Indians and Mission San