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This is a simple and easy to use lesson plan. Have your students watch the History Channel DVD or the YouTube video and answer the questions. The video is called Who Really Discovered America.
Just type in "Who Really Discovered America" into YouTube and the video should come up.
The video does a great job of complimenting major educational concepts being taught in the classroom on migration and early contact with the Americas. Students will find the video interesting and engaging. The Who Really Discovered America worksheet can last as long as three class periods with discussion. The goal of this lesson plan is to examine different theories on groups of people reaching America and rating the validity of the different theories. The worksheet is designed to allow students to state their own opinions and create debate. The worksheet has eight sections and a total of twenty-four questions. Finally you can always download the this video right to your computer hard drive by using http://keepvid.com/
The video worksheet helps students examine and rate the validity of the following theories of contact in the Americas:
Chinese Discovery of America
Wales/English Discovery of America
Polynesian Discovery of America
Viking Discovery of America
Irish Discovery of America
Hebrew/Israeli Discovery of America
European/Clovis Culture Discovery of America
Japanese Discovery of America
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