Lesson 1.1 Exploration

Lesson Goals

  • SS.8.2A Identify reasons for European exploration and colonization of North America.

  • SS.8.10C Analyze the effects of physical and human geographic factors on major historical and contemporary events in the United States.

  • SS.8.29C Organize and interpret information from outlines, reports, databases, and visuals, including graphs, charts, timelines, and maps.

 

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  1. How did the Crusades influence European colonization projects?

  2. Explain the relationship between religion, commerce, and conquest at the beginning of European exploration and colonization.

  3. What were the reasons for European exploration and colonization and which would have most influenced you?

Unit 1  Lesson 1  Step 1

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ReadMotivation for European conquest of the New World

 

 

Access: Exploration and Colonization, 1400-1600 

 

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  1. What is mercantilism?

  2. What was the best commodity introduced to the New World and Old World by the Columbian Exchange? What was the worst?

  3. Be able to create your own diagram of the Columbian Exchange on a world map.

Unit 1  Lesson 1  Step 2

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Read: The Columbian Exchange

 

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  1. List arguments supporting the celebration of Columbus Day.

  2. List arguments against the celebration of Columbus Day.

Unit 1  Lesson 1  Step 3

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AccessA People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.

Access: Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen

Access: Why I Proudly Celebrate Columbus Day

Global Notes: 1.1.3 Columbus Day Debate Notes

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Should Americans celebrate Christopher Columbus?

Lesson  Debrief

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