History Intro, First Inhabitants, & Early Explorers

Our year begins with a look at point of view as it relates to history.  We will also review the first inhabitants of what became the United States.


How do we approach history?

Interpreting Hisotry - The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Video: The True Story fo the Three Little Pigs


But before we start...

U.S. Citizenship Test


The First Americans

Native American Cultures Map

Native American Life Video - emailed to class

Native American Life - Video Notes

Evidence of Early Settlers Video

Cahokia Mounds Video

Ch. 1.3 Graphic Organizer


Investigating Columbus

Our first deep investigation is one that takes an event from 1492  and brings it directly into the lives of Americans today.  

We will be investigating the idea of Columbus Day; how it began and why it is now a controversial holiday.  One of the larger ideas is how and why our culture selects it's heros.

Columbus Questions and Written Response 

     -The standard way to demonstrate what you have learned is to answer the prompt in a formal written piece.  However, if you wish to demonstrate what you learned in a different way, you may write up and submit a 3-5 sentence description of what you would like to do.

Essay Rubric


Use the sources below to learn about Christopher Columbus.  Be sure to compare and contrast how he was portrayed in our textbook reading (Ch. 2.2 p. 37-40).

Required   SOURCE 1. Ch. 2-2 Guided Reading - Textbook

Required   Columbus Reconsidered PPT - Class 

Required   SOURCE 2. Why the US Celebrates Columbus Day - Vox Video


You must use a minimum of three of the sources below:

SOURCE 3. Challenging Columbus - Jr. Scholastic 

SOURCE 4. Everything You Need to Know About Indigenous Peoples' Day - Article

SOURCE 5. Why the Columbus Day Controversey - History.com

SOURCE 6. Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples' Day? - NPR Story and Podcast

     - In the article, also listen to the Words You'll Hear: Indigenous Peoples Day segment.

SOURCE 7. Christopher Columbus - History.com


The Spanish in America


Ch. 2.2 Notes Page