This lesson, created by Dan Nguyen, covers the Age of Exploration. Students will read a 3 page article over the Motivations for Exploration, How Portugal Begins Exploration, and the Discovery of the New World.
The lesson directions have the students create a 3 section booklet where they answer questions over each section and then illustrate the main events that happen.
Also included in the lesson is a powerpoint that the teacher can use to go over the answers.
Specific topics that the article covers are: 1. Mercantilism 2. "Glory and God" as motivations 3. Prince Henry the Navigator 4. Technological innovation of Portugal's school of navigation 4. Bartholomew Diaz and Vasco de Gama 5. Portugal's driving out of the Muslims in the spice trade 6. Columbus's discovery of the New World 7. Hernando Cortes and Francisco Pizzaro's conquering of the Aztecs and Incas 8. Reasons for Spanish Conquistador success
For Texas teachers, this lesson covers the following TEKs:
WH1 History. The student understands traditional historical points of reference in world history. The student is expected to: (D) identify major causes and describe the major effects of the following important turning points in world history from 1450 to 1750: European exploration and the Colombian Exchange, European expansion,
WH7 History. The student understands the causes and impact of European expansion from 1450 to 1750. The student is expected to: (A) analyze the causes of European expansion from 1450 to 1750
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