"Letter to a King" Activity
The idea for this lesson came from the PBS unit on Conquistadors. There are many great activities, interactives, and lesson plans to be found by clicking on the link.
One way I build background knowledge for this lesson is to have students view two videos. The first video from the History Channel, "Conquest of the Incas" is 25 minutes long and provides an in-depth look. The second video is a clip from the video "Explorers: Francisco Pizzaro and the Incas" and is a quick overview.
As students view the videos, they take 2-column notes. After the video, they analyze the notes that they took. (The form I have created can be downloaded by clicking on the link to the right.
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