“John Hawkins In The Caribbean”, Early High School Literacy


John Hawkins in the Caribbean

This is a short history of a famous Elizabethan seafarer. This 6-page unit is about the Battle of San Juan de Ullo in the Caribbean.

  • This literacy lesson is suitable for Grade 6 and Year 7.
  • Break it into two lessons if needed.
  • It has a Word Study and a Text Study.
  • It is a one-off project that parents can use if tutoring their children.

What Is John Hawkins In The Caribbean About

The dramatic events of 1558 in the Caribbean between John Hawkins of the English fleet and the Spanish galleons had a profound result. It tells the story of how the Spanish fleet trapped the English fleet in the bay in the Caribbean. With fire ships launched at the small English fleet they were lucky to escape. Some sailors were so hungry and sick they asked to be left on the coast. Only one of those men got back to England.

John Hawkins never went to sea again after his horrific experiences. He became a naval administrator for the Crown. His insight and planning resulted in new designs for ships, new organisation and discipline and the defeat of the eighty ships of the Spanish Armada twenty years later.

Who Uses This Package

Years 6 and 7 and possibly Year 8 and their parents. Parents can use the material to guide them through with their child. Download, print and teach. Discuss with your child as you go along. Use the text, questions and explanations to guide you through and you can teach successfully with my literacy units.


John Hawkins In The Caribbean

John Hawkins In The Caribbean is a short account of an Elizabethan seafarer. This literacy lesson with reading and writing tasks is suitable for Grade 6 and Year 7 or twelve and thirteen year old students.

Summary of John Hawkins In The Caribbean

John Hawkins was captain of the Minion and sailed to the Caribbean in 1558. The fleet took refuge at San Juan on the coast of Mexico after a storm. The ‘great ships’ of Spain sailed into port and things got nasty. The Spanish sank the smaller English ships and launched fire ships at the fleet. Only skill and speed got the remaining ships out of port. Damaged and overcrowded, without supplies, John Hawkins and Francis Drake took the remaining ships back to England.

Who Uses This Worksheet Pack

This 6-page package in 16pt is followed by a number of language activities. These include

  • an exciting read for students about two adventurous and quick-thinking sailors
  • matching synonyms,
  • word meanings,
  • changing nouns to verbs and
  • short-answer questions about the content.

It is suited to Grade 6, Year 7 and 8 working with their parents. Parents can download and print. This is ready-to-use and straight-forward. I have used this material in my own tutoring and make it available for parents to use. I made some small changes to my original lesson so parents can use it easily.

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