Conquistadors of Texas Activity for ELL or 4th Grade

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Were the conquistadors heroes or villains? Let your students decide through this engaging activity. In this lesson your students will begin with an anticipation guide on actions of a hero or a villain. You can increase learning by turning this portion of the activity into a debate as students discuss different long term and short term effects of individuals.

After the anticipation guide, you guide your students through a series of 4 images, asking questions to have them discover the content for themselves. The images include Christopher Columbus, The Conquest of Mexico, Texas Explorers and the Columbian Exchange.

The students are then challenged to complete Doodle Notes. Once the students have read about the conquistadors, you can guide them through an Consensus Circle discussion activity.


You will receive:
-Word Wall terms
-a PowerPoint presentation
-anticipation guide
-4 page reading on the Conquistadors
-Doodle Notes

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Please note – this lesson has been modified for an ELL 7th grader, or can be used in 4th grade.

I have created a document that shows all of the 4th and 7th grade TEKS for this lesson. It is free and can be found here:
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Do you need this lesson in Spanish? You can find it here.

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