Year 8 History: Contact and Colonisation of the Americas

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Year 8 History: Contact and Colonisation of the Americas

Unit Outline


Students will learn about the impact of colonisation on the indigenous peoples of North and Central America, and will explore the concept of colonisation and how it relates to the colonisation of the North-American Indians and the Aztecs.

10 weeks

Big ideas/key concepts

Target outcomes

The key concepts I want students to learn are that:

  • understanding the nature of history, past societies and periods and their legacy helps us to understand the modern world;

  • Indigenous people lived in Central and North America before European explorers arrived;

  • the indigenous cultures of North and Central America have been severely affected by colonisation.

4.1 describes and explains the nature of history, the main features of past societies and periods and their legacy

4.2 describes significant features of Aboriginal and indigenous cultures, prior to colonisation

4.3 explains the ways indigenous peoples and non-indigenous peoples of the world have responded to contact with each other

4.9 uses historical terms and concepts in appropriate contexts

4.10 selects & uses appropriate oral, written and other forms, including ICT, to communicate effectively about the past.

Resources used throughout unit:

  • Historyzone 1 Textbooks

  • Retroactive 1 Textbooks

  • What is Colonisation?’ overhead

  • Handout 1: A World Map

  • Drawing materials

  • Cardboard

  • ‘Colonisation & Contact in North America’ overheard

  • Handout 2: Map of North America

  • Computers and Internet

  • Mini Assessment Sheet: The Battle of Little Bighorn and Wounded Knee

  • Map of South America

What Do you want the students to Learn?

Why does this learning matter?

It is intended that students will learn that:

  • the colonisation of the Americas has significantly affected the shape of the modern world

  • there are many significant consequences of colonisation

The learning matters because:

  • Students develop a knowledge and understanding of indigenous people and cultures of the Americas

  • Students develop an understanding of the processes by which the Americas were colonised

  • Students develop their skills in researching major events in world history

What are you going to get the students to do or produce?

How well do you expect them to do it?

  • Participate in discussion and question sessions

  • Provide written responses to activities and questions

  • Complete a four-part major assessment task

  • Actively and thoughtfully engage in discussions and questioning

  • Full and accurate written responses to activities and questions

  • Completed assessment task as per marking criteria

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