The transcript for the 2nd part of the National Geographic documentary of Guns, Germs, and Steel, based on the book by Jared Diamond is the main text of this resource. Jared Diamond has a claim for why he believes a handful of Spaniards were successful against an army of 80,000 Incas.
There are many links to video, audio, and print resources for studying the concept of the Jared Diamond proposes. A link to the 2nd part of the National Geographic documentary of Guns, Germs, and Steel called “Conquest” is included. A complete 15-question viewing guide with an answer key is included. There is also a TED Talk on “Hunting for Peru's lost civilizations — with satellites,” by Sarah Parcak. An NPR Talk of the Nation session with Jared Diamond as well as a clip of the film adaptation of Peter Shaffer’s play The Royal Hunt of the Sun is part of these lessons.
The resource features an original prompt examining Jared Diamond’s main claim about the conquest of Peru and the colonization of Africa. There is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence for an argument that agrees, disagrees, or qualifies an author’s argument. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical precis and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, World Literature or AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, conquest, colonization, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom