This is a fill in the blank/video notes sheet to allow students to follow along word by word The Black Legend, Native Americans, and Spaniards: Crash Course US History #1.
I would recommend showing the video once without having students fill in the notes and then have them pause and play while they fill in the blanks of the entire document. You should play this video with the Closed Captioning on to help students see and spell the words correctly.
This script has been analyzed at a 1340 Lexile level. With that being said, this is a great way to have students read along, reread, and break down the information being provided in a unique and fun way with multimedia.
You can play and pause the video as an entire class, or have the students watch it independently while filling it in on their own computer or tablet.
It is also great for substitutes, extra credit. or homework.
Here is the link to this CrashCourse video:
CrashCourse Video Description:
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.
I also have this video as a full mini-unit with close reading/text annotation, writing, and comprehension activities.