The following worksheets are to be used in connection with the Crash Course US History episode #1: The Black Legend, Native Americans, and Spaniards. I do not own the rights to any of the Crash Course material. You will instead need to have access to the video yourself. I love the Crash Course videos, but as many of my peers have pointed out, we are always worried about whether students are actually getting much out of them when we show them in class because so much information is covered so quickly. I have created these assignments to go along with the Crash Course videos to help students get the most out of these shows that they can! They also make great sub plans.
The episode can be found on YouTube on the Crash Course US History Playlist
The description for this episode is as follows:
“In which John Green kicks off Crash Course US History! Why, you may ask, are we covering US History, and not more World History, or the history of some other country, or the very specific history of your home region? Well, the reasons are many. But, like it or not, the United States has probably meddled in your country to some degree in the last 236 years or so, and that means US History is relevant all over the world. In episode 1, John talks about the Native Americans who lived in what is now the US prior to European contact. This is a history class, not archaeology, so we're mainly going to cover written history. That means we start with the first sustained European settlement in North America, and that means the Spanish. The Spanish have a long history with the natives of the Americas, and not all of it was positive. The Spanish were definitely not peaceful colonizers, but what colonizers are peaceful? Colonization pretty much always results in an antagonistic relationship with the locals. John teaches you about early Spanish explorers, settlements, and what happened when they didn't get along with the indigenous people. The story of their rocky relations has been called the Black Legend. Which is not a positive legend.”
There are four different activities in this pack that can be used in connection with the video:
• A “Pre-Video Worksheet” that asks students to think about what they may already know about the topic, and asks them to define a few key terms that they will see again as they watch the video.
• A “Transcript Worksheet.” This worksheet can be given to students to fill out as they watch the video. It is a full transcript of the episode (to keep it academic I have taken out some of the jokes and side thoughts). Students fill in the missing words as they watch. NOTE: it is best to have the closed captions on while watching as this will help students identify and find the missing words. This worksheet then becomes an invaluable notes handout for students to keep in their notebooks!
• A “Video Worksheet” is also included as an alternative for students. It consists of eight broad questions for student to answer as they watch the video. This worksheet can also be used as a post video worksheet to gauge the understanding that students got from the video.
• A “Post-Video Worksheet” is included to extend the thinking of students. It included two primary documents related to the episode and asks them to analyze them by answering questions.
It is our hope that in the coming weeks and months we will continue to add worksheet collections for all of the Crash Course US and World History videos. If you like the layout of these worksheets and would like us to develop a collections for a specific episode PLEASE send us a message and we will get that put together and put onto our site in a day or two for you.
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