This product was originally designed for a Canadian Grade 12 World History course but could be easily adapted for any course that would discuss the impact of European Exploration. Ultimately, it gets students to perform their first historical inquiry task in the course that asks them to gather research and practice creating a historical argument that answers the question:
Should the activities of the great European explorers in the Age of Exploration be viewed as positive historical achievements or crimes against humanity?
Primary and secondary sources have been provided for students to provide them with a starting point to begin forming their arguments but they are encouraged to include additional resources as well.
Since this is their first historical inquiry task in the course, the aim is to guide students through it by providing them with an inquiry question initially as well as some resources to scaffold for them the types of questions and resources that will assist them when forming their own conclusions during the inquiry process.
This product is provided as a Google doc to allow for the easy integration of online resources for online, blended or mainstream classrooms. Within the document itself are web links to the resources as well as other helpful sources that are intended to help them while they work through this task.
A marking rubric has been provided on the last page of the document that is designed for an Ontario-based curriculum, but could be easily adapted for other curriculum as well.