Founders Unit

What's So Hot About Spices?

SpicesSOURCE: HISTORY BLUEPRINT
Why were spices so prized by 15th Century Europeans? This activity contains a map showing the sources of key spices. There are primary source recipes and prescriptions that demonstrate both the cooking uses and medicinal uses of spices. The student will be asked to distinguish primary sources from secondary sources while completing this activity.
USED WITH: DISCOVERY DAY 1: EUROPE IN THE 15th CENTURY

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Lives of Inca Children

Inca ChildrenSOURCE: PEABODY MUSEUM (YALE)
These drawings were made by Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala, a man who lived in Peru during the first decades of Spanish colonial rule. He described in great detail the Inca Empire, including its history and customs - and how Inca children and teenagers lived. Guamán Poma created this between 1567 and 1615. Activity includes questions for students.
USED WITH: DISCOVERY DAY 2: NATIVE AMERICANS

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Columbus and the Arawak: First Contact

ColumbusSOURCE: PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
What did Columbus do when he made first contact with the Natives in the New World? Why did he think they had so much gold? How was Columbus received by the Arawaks?  This activity uses the Zinn book (People's History of the United States) to introduce and explain primary sources from Columbus' own log that show his true character and motivations .
USED WITH: DISCOVERY DAY 3: COLUMBUS AND FIRST CONTACT

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Colony Comparison Learning Activity

Colony Comparison Activity

Differences in how the English colonies were founded will have a significant impact on how the various colonies develop economically and politically, with implications that reach to the Civil War and beyond. In this learning activity, students are asked to identify the major economic and social differences between the Northern, Middle and Southern colonies. The activity also includes an optional "Jeopardy-style" quiz challenge and also includes a blank map that can be filled in as part of the assignment.
USED WITH: COLONIZATION DAY 3: THE ENGLISH IN THE NORTH

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