The following worksheets are to be used in connection with the Crash Course US History episode #2: When is Thanksgiving? Colonizing America. 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 teaches you about the (English) colonies in what is now the United States. He covers the first permanent English colony at Jamestown, Virginia, the various theocracies in Massachusetts, the feudal kingdom in Maryland, and even a bit about the spooky lost colony at Roanoke Island. What were the English doing in America, anyway? Lots of stuff. In Virginia, the colonists were largely there to make money. In Maryland, the idea was to create a colony for Catholics who wanted to be serfs of the Lords Baltimore. In Massachusetts, the Pilgrims and Puritans came to America to find a place where they could freely persecute those who didn't share their beliefs. But there was a healthy profit motive in Massachusetts as well. Profits were thin at first, and so were the colonists. Trouble growing food and trouble with the natives kept the early colonies from success. Before long though, the colonists started cultivating tobacco, which was a win for everyone involved if you ignore the lung cancer angle. So kick back, light up a smoke, and learn how America became profitable.”
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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