Mapping Initial Encounters

Picture someone's excitement of seeing a horse for the first time. How about a cow? The Columbian Exchange changed life for not only Native Americans, but also for Europeans and the entire world. The second lesson of a 22-part series arms scholars with artifacts, maps, photos, primary sources, and video clips to write reflections on the impact two different cultures have on one another when suddenly brought together. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Lesson describes overhead, transparencies, and VCR; adjust current technology to fit activities 
  • Place the term Columbian Exchange on the board as students walk in the classroom to spur discussion and brainstorming ideas 
Classroom Considerations
  • Keep mapping materials and coloring pens in central location for student use and sharing
  • Resource provides printable worksheets and materials for classroom use
  • Lesson includes discussion questions for video clips 
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