The Meeting of Three Worlds - 7 critical thinking lessons to engage your students and develop their critical thinking skills + review and an assessment!
The First Americans - “First Peoples”
- Students view a free video from PBS and trace two theories regarding the migration of the first people through North and South America. This video is eye catching and compelling and helps to clearly lay out the evidence surrounding the two competing theories. Students pick a theory and use evidence to justify their argument.
Native American Cultural Areas
- How were Native Americans dependent on their environment for their lives? Immerse your students in technology. Students build mapping, sourcing and summarizing skills by examining Newsela articles discussing the Native Americans of North America.
Exploration and Encounter (Doodle Notes)
- Why did Europeans begin to explore around the coast of Africa? Students will complete these engaging and critical thinking doodle notes to examine the first years of exploration. Along with informing, these doodle notes also ask students to think!
The Columbian Exchange
- Who benefited from the Columbian Exchange? Students will cooperatively learn about the Columbian Exchange by using task cards to investigate the word origin of foods, animals, and diseases from around the world.
Should Columbus Day be renamed Indigenous Peoples' Day? Students Debate
- Should Columbus Day be renamed Indigenous Peoples’ Day? Students engage in a real world debate by examining the controversy surrounding Columbus. Does he deserve a holiday? The students decide.
The English vs. the Wampanoag
- Why did the relationship between the English and the Wampanoag deteriorate after English settlement in Massachusetts? Students examine primary sources to place blame. They then rank the theories and discuss which is best. Students see what it’s like to be a historian.
- The First Jamestown Settlers
- What caused the Jamestown settlers to die? Students will examine 4 competing theories regarding the dramatic deaths at Jamestown in the early 1600’s - they will then examine the evidence supporting each of those theories.
The Meeting of Three Worlds - Review and Assessment
- Assess your students' critical thinking skills with this skill based exam that focuses on the topics addressed in each of these lessons. Two different versions of the exam are included along with a review sheet to make sure that students are prepared.
This zip file includes a PDF version, a PowerPoint version, and a link to a Google Slides version for both the Review and the assessment. Both the PowerPoint and the Google Slides versions are fully EDITABLE.
I've also included a Unit outline to help you plan!
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