History - Social Science

Unit 2: Age of Exploration

Big Essential Question: HOW DID THE AGE OF EXPLORATION CHANGE THE NEW WORLD? 

Students will also learn key events...
  • europe expanded trade with Asis in 1300s
  • ideas about sea travel change in the 1400s
  • exploration in Asia brought many hopes of riches and dreams
  • Spain conquered wealthy empires
  • Spain began to explore North America in the early 1500s
  • many explorers from euro countries searched for western routes
  • French and Dutch explorers searched for a Northwest Passage to Asia
  • european countries claimed land and eventually formed colonies in America
  • control new land, find resources and riches, and spread RELIGION
Reading Comprehension Skills
  • Students will explore cause-and-effect and provide explanations for events
  • Students will reinforce vocab. development by going over vocabulary words on a daily basis. 

How can you help at home for the next month?
  • Discuss what's it like to move to a new area, whether it is the 1500's or today. 
  • Take time to look at your city's history? When was it established? Why was it founded? Who founded it?
  • Find out what kinds of goods Asia sells to other countries today. How are these goods similar or different from the goods Asis traded around the 1200s to 1400s, such as silk and spices?
  • Why do you think many people want to move to our country?
  • Look at physical and digital maps to help with lines of latitude and longitude
The Players
  • Marco POLO!
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Isabella Ferdinand
  • Francisco Coronado
  • Bartholomeu Dias
  • Vasco da Gama
  • Amerigo Vespucci
  • Vasco Nunez de Balboa
  • Hernando Cortes
  • Francisco Pizarro
  • Henry Hudson
  • Jacques Cartier
  • Samuel de Champlain
  • Ferdinand Magellan
  • Juan Ponce de Leon
  • Hernando de Soto
  • Robert La Salle
Unit 2: Age of Exploration
Study Guide

Big Essential Question: How did the Age of Exploration change the world?

Questions to think about...
  • What caused Europeans to become more interested in Asia?
  • How did sea travel change in the 1400’s? Can you name at least two tools that improved sailing and why they were important?
  • What were some goals of European exploration?
  • What was the goal of the Counter Reformation in the New World?
  • Can you name some cities founded by the Dutch
  • Can you name other countries that claimed land in the Americas?
  • Why did colonists often built settlements near the sea or along the rivers?
  • How were explorers like entrepreneurs?
  • What’s the difference between Pizzarro and Cortes? How are they similar?
  • Can you describe the lands the French explored?
  • Can you locate on a map the geographic areas that each of the following countries settled in the new world: Spain, France, and Portugal.
  • Can you name at least two Spanish explorers and the lands they claimed
  • Can you describe the geographical features of your community? How might they have influenced people to settle there?

Vocabulary

CONVERT
EMPEROR
CIRCUMNAVIGATION
MISSION
TRADING POST
TRIBUTARY
SLAVERY
CHARTER
SETTLEMENT
REFORM
CARTOGRAPHER
LONGITUDE
LATITUDE
ASTROLABE
MAGNETIC COMPASS



Cheers,
Mr. Frederick

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