DAR Topic 2019-20
Frances Bland Randolph Chapter NSDAR
"The Voyage of the Mayflower"
2020 marks the 400th Anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of the Plymouth Colony. Imagine you are one of the passengers on the Mayflower. Knowing what materials were available in 1620, what would you have packed to prepare for the trip and starting a new life in the wilderness? After experiencing more than two months at sea then finally landing at Plymouth Colony on November 9, 1620, do you think you would have made different choices and why?
Rough Drafts should be completed the week of September 27, 2019
Final Due Date: Wednesday October 23, 2019
Research sites for information to get you going:
Mayflower Passenger List
Ages, Occupations, etc.
Interview with John Alden - Scholastic
Interview with Elizabeth Hopkins
Letters from a Pilgrim Child
Interview with Desire Minter
About the Voyage - Scholastic
A Crewman on the Mayflower - Robert Coppin
Virtual Field Trip
Pilgram Hall Museum
History of Massachusetts
Replica of the Mayflower
Illustration of the cargo ship
Land of the Brave
What was life like on the Mayflower (video)
Mayflower Virtual Tour (video)
Fun Facts about the Mayflower (video)
Plymouth Colony Explained (video)
Pilgram Life (Scholastic News Video)
Another tour of the Mayflower (the Mayor's tour)
I encourage you to consider asking yourself a few questions for preplanning:
- Who are you as a traveler? Wife/husband/child/servant?
- What materials are available for travelers and convenient to take on a ship in 1620?
- What would you/did you use your materials for?
- What was it like traveling for 2 months at sea? What do you wish you had brought that you didn't bring?
- Once you landed, was there anything else you wish you would have brought, also?
Writing the Bibliography can be tricky... students need to retain information from the resources they use to take notes. Then, they can format their bibliographies.
There are a lot more pages out there to help with Bibliographies, but these should get you started and keep you on track.
Here are some Bibliography Generators - put your information into it and they will generate your format:
Plagiarism Scavenger Hunt
Check for Plagiarism: (this is a paid site, but you can search Google for another option)
Sample for Title Page:
“The Voyage of the Mayflower”
Hopewell, VA 23860
Carter G. Woodson Middle School
Frances Bland Randolph Chapter of NSDAR
Rubric for DAR Essay
Historical and geographic accuracy (everything is reasonable) - Includes known materials available in 1620 for Englishmen
Stayed on topic - the student describes what you have packed to prepare for the trip/voyage (why did you choose those items?)
Includes information about the two months at sea and how the materials were used, and what else you wish you would have brought
Organization of essay (beginning, middle, end)
Spelling and punctuation – including proper dialogue usage
Correct grammar and formatting throughout (verb tenses are the same, paragraph indentions)
The student discusses their decisions in a character's point of view
All Essays 600-1000 words
Times New Roman font 12-14, or handwritten in black ink