⁣Lesson Plan: Discovering Old Naples, Florida: An Evening Walking Tour

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⁣Lesson Plan: Discovering Old Naples, Florida: An Evening Walking Tour

Grade Level: K-12

Objective: By the end of this lesson, students will be able to explore the historic district of Old Naples, Florida through an evening walking tour. Students will learn about the history, architecture, and natural beauty of the area while developing their observation and descriptive writing skills.

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.7: Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums, determining which details are emphasized in each account.

- Access to the internet or library resources
- Paper and pencils


1. Introduction (5 minutes):
- Begin the lesson by discussing the importance of local history and the value of preserving historic districts.
- Show images or videos of Old Naples to capture students' interest and curiosity.

2. Research and Discussion (15 minutes):
- Instruct students to research and find information about Old Naples, its history, notable landmarks, and attractions.
- Encourage students to explore topics such as the founding of the city, prominent historical figures, and the architectural styles prevalent in the area.
- Allow students to discuss their findings in small groups or pairs.

3. Evening Walking Tour (15 minutes):
- Describe the key points of interest in Old Naples and the route of the walking tour, including any significant landmarks or natural features.
- Provide students with a virtual map or guidebook that outlines the tour route.
- Encourage students to take notes and observe the surroundings during the virtual walking tour.

4. Descriptive Writing Activity (10 minutes):
- Instruct students to choose a specific location or landmark from the walking tour and write a descriptive paragraph about it.
- Encourage students to use sensory language and vivid details to paint a picture for the reader.
- Allow students to share their paragraphs with the class, if time permits.

5. Reflection and Wrap-up (5 minutes):
- Have students individually reflect on what they learned from the virtual walking tour and the descriptive writing activity.
- Discuss the importance of preserving historic districts and the role they play in local communities.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

Join me for an evening walk in the Old Naples area of Florida. We begin with a brief sunset on Naples Beach. The walk begins in Cambier Park and we close things out on 5th Avenue South.

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