Q1W3: August 29-September 2

TeacherAndrew Wilson
Subject AreaUS History
Grade Level8
Week #3
Unit of InstructionAge of Discovery
Standard(s) Taught

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.

SS.8.A.1.5 Identify, within both primary and secondary sources, the author, audience, format, and purpose of significant historical documents.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will be able to use primary sources to have an academic discussion on Columbus. 

Students will be able to identify 2 good and 2 bad effects of the Columbian exchange. 

Students will be able to describe what happens when cultures interact.

Classroom Activities


Bellringer/Vocab Review

Spanish Colony Notes – Guided Notes

Spanish Colony Notes – PPT


Explorer’s Technology Ad – in class

Link to research sites – https://tinyurl.com/poncetechhelpfullink


Columbian Exchange Simulation


Columbian Exchange DBQ- ColEx DBQ

DBQ Paragraph – 

  • Based on the notes and the simulation, write a paragraph on the question below. Include a thesis and support it with evidence from today’s class.
  • Was the Columbian Exchange overall good or bad?
  • Grading:
  • 1 point – Claim/thesis
  • 3 points – 3 reasons
  • 3 points explanation for each reason
  • 3 points cite which document supports your reason



Assignments Due

Technology Instagram Post

Columbian Exchange DBQ Paragraph

Additional Resources

Conquistador – Spanish Explorer

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

Immunity – resistance to disease


DBQ Format – 

Was Columbian Exchange overall good or bad for the New World?
E= Evidence D= Detail

  • Thesis: The Columbian Exchange was good/bad for the world.
  • E1 This is shown by _______________________________________________ (Doc __). D1 This is important because ______________________________________.
  • E2 Also, __________________________________________ (Doc __). D2 This proves that the Columbian Exchange was good/bad because _________________________________________.
  • E3 Finally, _____________________________(Doc __). D3 This is important because __________________________________.