Q1, Wk 4

TeacherAndrew Wilson
Subject AreaUS History
Grade Level8
Week #4
Unit of InstructionAge of Discovery
Standard(s) Taught

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.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Identify, within both primary and secondary sources, the author, audience, format, and purpose of significant historical documents.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 can compare the colonies of the Spanish, French and Dutch
  • Students can write and evaluate a resume
Classroom Activities

Students will read primary sources and have Socratic Seminar about Christopher Columbus

Reading, notation and discussion of French and Dutch colonies using the textbook

Students will pick a real-life explorer and create a resume based on them and apply for a position as an explorer. They will then evaluate other resumes and decide who to hire. 


Assignments Due

Resume Reflection

Columbus in-class discussion

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
  • Northwest Passage – the fictional route to the north of America that was faster and safer
  • Tenant farmer – a farmer who pays rent each year to a landlord