Q1W2: August 22-26

TeacherAndrew Wilson
Subject AreaUS History
Grade Level8
Week #2
Unit of InstructionAge of Discovery
Standard(s) Taught

Identify, within both primary and secondary sources, the author, audience, format, and purpose of significant historical documents.

Differentiate fact from opinion, utilize appropriate historical research and fiction/nonfiction support materials.

Provide supporting details for an answer from text, interview for oral history, check validity of information from research/text, and identify strong vs. weak arguments.

SS.8.A.2.5 Discuss the impact of colonial settlement on Native American populations.
SS.8.A.2.1 Compare the relationships among the British, French, Spanish, and Dutch in their struggle for colonization of North America.

SS.8.E.3.1 Evaluate domestic and international interdependence.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria
  • Students can be able to differentiate primary and secondary sources
  • Students can identify the three reasons for exploration
  • Students can create a skit that shows the three reasons for exploration
Classroom Activities




Atlantic Ocean Map

Reasons For Exploration Notes – PPT

Reasons For Exploration Notes – Guided Notes

Vocab – 

    • Conquistador – Spanish Explorer

    • Columbian Exchange –the exchange of people, plants, animals, ideas and diseases between the old and new world

    • Immunity – resistance to disease

    • Northwest Passage – A fictional route to the north of America that was faster and safer

No School Tuesday


3 G’s Source Analysis



Review Vocabulary

Columbus Why Explore

Explorers! Commercial 

´You have been hired as a team by a major TV network to promote their mini-series “Explorers!” about those who first explored the Americas in the 1500’s. As part of the promotion, you are to make a commercial covering the reasons for exploration. The specifications they have given you are:

´Should cover all of the reasons why Europeans explored the Americas in as much detail as possible(6 points total)

´Should be exciting/creative/interesting (no points, but try)

´Should promote the new show, “Explorers!” (4 points)


´Option 1: Group of up to 3- Write down your script and rehearse until it is time to perform it.

´Option 2: Individually- Make a promotion poster



Assignments Due

Explorers Commercial

Additional Resources

Vocabulary for the week

´Primary Source – a source from someone who was at the event being studied

´Secondary Source- a source created after the event by someone who was not there

5 Ws- Who created it? Why was it created? When was it created? Where was it created? What is it about?

´Conquistador – Spanish Explorer

´Columbian Exchange –the exchange of people, plants, animals, ideas and diseases between the old and new world

´Immunity – resistance to disease