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Spanish Missions of California: A Research Starters Activity

A great starting point for students writing about California missions, Scholastic shares all the resources, tips, and ideas they need.



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  • Activities and Games

Created with Grolier Online, Scholastic’s Research Starters: Spanish Missions of California workshop helps students writing research papers on this subject find what they need, fast.

To help them pick a research topic and get started, students can browse a world of information, including an introduction on how the missions were founded in the late 1700s and 1800s, and a glossary of terms to know. Students will also find articles on Franciscans, Spanish missions in U.S. history, the famed missions of San Luis Obispo and San Juan Capistrano, and more.

Finally, Scholastic culled the Web to locate the most interesting, helpful sites on missions in California and beyond. Students can explore our list of 13 great sites, including:


  • Franciscan Web Page: The Franciscan Web Page provides comprehensive information about the order, its history and current activities, colleges and universities, a tour of Assisi, and other interesting information.
  • California Maps: Part of the Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin, these pages present maps of California and several cities within the state. Topographical, geological, historical, and other maps are included.



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