I am thoroughly enjoying teaching the Age of Exploration! The students have studied various topics, including Vikings, the Dutch, French, and Spanish. They have done a wonderful job figuring out why countries were explored, where and why they settled where they did, and how they interacted with the natives. Through research, presentations, videos, and discussion, they have drawn conclusions about how each country affected the future of the Americas.
I’ve been impressed with the knowledge, curiosity, and willingness to learn these students have. Next, we’re moving on to Christopher Columbus. The controversy about his legacy will be fun to debate!