Pre-Columbian America

What was life like in America before Christopher Columbus discovered the New World? Scholars investigate life in the Americas through the eyes of Native Americans in the first lesson of a 22-part series covering America's history. Using artifacts, photographs, primary sources, diagrams, and video clips, they uncover the descriptive and often complex societies that existed prior to the arrival of Europeans.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Plans call for an overhead projector, adjust materials as needed for today's technology
  • Print out video questions and hand them to the class for reflection while watching the clips 
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects lesson to take five hours

  • Resource provides specific materials in the appendix for each activity 
  • Includes questions to discuss after viewing various video clips

  • Plans are outdated with technology to include the creation of transparencies