Naupactus Naval War (LS-TR-41)

This learning scenario is about The Battle of Leponto, 1571, which is in the high school history lesson syllabus. It is designed for 15-18 year old teenagers.

The Battle of Leponto: an intercultural and interdisciplinary subject

This naval war has several interdisciplinary references with its far-reaching effects from Madrid to İstanbul with Cervantes being in the axis of it. My learning scenario deals with artistic, historical, geographical, literal, architectural and religious aspects of the war. At the end of the lesson, the students will be able to evaluate the social and political effects of this war from an interdisciplinary point of view. This subject is a highly important issue for the countries bordering The Mediterranean Sea.

Aims of the implementation

Classroom activities supported by WEB 2.0 tools (Prezi, Kahoot, QR code, etc.) dramatically contributed to the implementation of the learning scenario. The aim for students was to gain learning by discovering a connection of the newly learned topics with the old ones, connecting the dots, analyzing and interpretation skills along with cultural understanding and foreign language usage flexibility.

At the first stage, I introduce a picture of Cervantes’ room, prepared for the lesson. This version of the original photo includes some extra pictures to serve as interdisciplinary elements. Each image represents a separate discipline. These extra images aims to motivate students to make interdisciplinary connections. Students can access this photo via QR code or projection.

Among a series of 10 questions, the first one to answer to is “What kind of relationship may these pictures have with Cervantes?”. Other questions that students seek answers for are listed below:

  • What pictures are on the wall in Cervantes’ room?
  • What makes these pictures related to each other? Can you make a prediction?

To discover the additional question, download the learning scenario below.

Starting from this, students continue to find the related answers by examining each image one by one.

A new way of discovering and learning

After implementing this learning scenario, I realized that students had a higher level of motivation to use Europeana sources.

The teacher gave a short overview of Europeana, its history, function, and collections. The students were divided into three teams. Students have a basic knowledge of Europeana. Thanks to this site they have learned that they can access many unique resources. Especially the photos they reached about our country excited them. They had never seen some of them until then. They have noticed with various warnings about the use of resources and copyright. We have tried to raise awareness of students.

Mustafa Burhan Esen

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