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Pedro's Journal Literature Unit

 

This literature unit includes vocabulary words, definitions and activities, an anticipation guide, a literary element study, journal and discussion topics, a writing activity for each domain, comprehension activities, a research project, answer key, and MUCH MORE!

 

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Pedro's Journal Literature Unit

By Pam Conrad

Pedro de Salcedo, a young Spanish boy, has the opportunity of a lifetime. He gets to be ship’s cabin boy on the Santa Maria in 1492. He sets sail with Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to the New World. It sounds exciting, but why is Pedro so apprehensive? The fear of the unknown and his homesickness overshadow the thrill of being a part of this great adventure.

Pedro was selected to go on this historic voyage because he could read and write. He is asked to keep a journal for the Captain, who is none other than Christopher Columbus himself. Pedro’s journal spans the six month journey to the New World from beginning to end.

This biographical/historical fiction novel is completely written in journal format beginning on August 13, 1492 and culminating on February 14, 1493. The author’s vivid description allows the reader to feel like he/she is on board the ship. Pedro is a character with whom the reader can identify as he/she witnesses this historic journey through his eyes. Just don’t get seasick as you read this account of the discovery of America. A great time to read this novel would be around October 12th when Columbus Day is celebrated.

 

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