Why does Brazil speak Portuguese and not Spanish? Answer this question for your students as you share an important and interesting mini-lesson on the Treaty of Tordesillas.
I present this lesson in my Spanish classes every year and decided to make these materials available to History classes as well. I have found that this is not only a timely lesson, it also captures the interest of my students and satisfies the need for engaging instruction during the last weeks of school.
In this download I am providing links to online information that can be assigned for homework as a pre-reading activity.
I usually display one of the sources on my Smartboard and read it together as a class during the lesson.
Even though I present the word search to students as a brain break, I have actually listed the terms in an order specifically designed to reinforce the lesson and maximize student recall.
Lastly, I have a list of 10 open-ended questions that can be used as a graded Quiz or as an assessment of student comprehension of the lesson.