Lesson Plans World History II SOL 4a: Age of Exploration; Age of Discovery
Standard WH II 4
The student will demonstrate knowledge of the impact of the European Age of Discovery and expansion into the Americas, Africa, and Asia by
4a) explaining the roles and economic motivations of explorers and conquistadors.Standard WH II:
Introduction: A Bell-ringer activity
Notes: Students copy-down and discuss teacher generated notes
Activities: Students complete various in class activities to support learning including video analysis, maps, charts, diagrams, graphic organizers, worksheets, text-book questions, group discussion, KWL Charts etc.
Assessment: Informal, Formal, Exit-Questions, Teacher Questioning. Quizzes, Tests, Projects
Factors contributing to the European discovery of lands in the Western Hemisphere
• Demand for gold, spices, and natural resources in Europe
• Support for the diffusion of Christianity
• Political and economic competition between European empires
• Innovations of European and Islamic origins in navigational arts
• Pioneering role of Prince Henry the Navigator
Establishment of overseas empires and decimation of indigenous populations
• Portugal: Vasco da Gama
• Spain: Christopher Columbus, Hernando Cortez, Francisco Pizarro, Ferdinand Magellan
• England: Francis Drake
• France: Jacques Cartier
Activities That Support Lesson Plans
Crash Course: Christopher Columbus. Students name 5 facts from the video.
Note: The above activities are best used with the Virginia Prentice Hall World History: The Modern Era textbook.
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