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Exploring the Americas - U.S. History

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This lesson teaches students about the Age of Exploration’s “discovery” of the “New World.” Students will be introduced to the causes of the Age of Exploration and the motivations that drove early explorers. Students will learn about concepts like mercantilism that drove competition between European nation states to develop new sources for raw materials. They will learn about the early rivalries and some of the major players involved in exploring and establishing early colonies. Students are also introduced to some of the ramifications for the Native Americans who came into contact with these early explorers.

Lesson Includes:

• Completed lesson plan with step-by-step instructions
• PowerPoint presentation
• Worksheet
• Flipped classroom video
• Guided note-taking file
• PDF’s provided for Google Doc & MAC users
• Smart-board activity w/ printable map
• Bell ringers

Check out the YouTube video that goes with this lesson @ Mr. Raymond’s Civics EOC Academy YouTube channel:

YouTube Video

Content includes:

• Causes of the Age of Exploration: feudalism, the Crusades, the Renaissance, and the Three G’s of Exploration
• Technological advances: astrolabe, compass, quadrant, and carracks
• Mercantilism
• Three G’s of Exploration: Glory, Gold and God
• Portugal and Henry the Navigator’s early explorations of Africa
• Columbus, Queen Isabella, King Ferdinand and the Voyage of 1492, as well as subsequent journeys
• Amerigo Vespucci
• Cortes and the Aztecs
• Treaty of Tordesillas
• Conquistadors
• Pizarro and the Inca
• Spanish colonies
• Cultural exchange between the Natives and Europeans
• Columbian Exchange
• The Northwest Passage: England, France, and the Dutch

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Teaching Duration
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