History & Social Studies

COLUMBUS & THE EXPLORERS: Film & Literature For K-12

Course No. HI407K, HI507K

One of the essential components in Language Arts, Social Studies, and Reading is the study of the human experience.  For this course you will be examining key people, places and events, during the Age of Exploration by European explorers into the New World.  Our culture is fascinated with this topic and there are ample film, literature, and classroom resources to help communicate the scope and importance of the discovery of the early Americas to our students.  This course will provide curriculum ideas for Language Arts, Social Studies, and Reading teachers of grades K-12 that meet state standards.
This course will also provide video, literature and classroom resource ideas for teachers preparing for major themes of the Age of Exploration that can actively engage students around many of the major themes and events of this time period.  There are books and videos on Explorers such as Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, Magellan, Ponce De Leon, Cortes and more. Many of these films are available at local libraries, from NetFlix, in video stores for purchase, and ESDs.  You will choose 8 videos and 2 novels to view and write a unit plan on how you’ll use some of these in your teaching situation.  In addition to film and literature, this course will also provide classroom resources on Exploration such as websites that offer interactive maps, lesson plans, art, music, lectures from leading scholars, etc.
If you choose NetFlix (but is not required), a three-month subscription is about $30. (NetFlix also has an online video capability with the right operating system.)  You will need to have access to both a DVD player and a VHS video player to enjoy the full range of media choices. 


We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus
1.     A broader knowledge of the different video, literature, and classroom resource possibilities associated with the Age of Exploration for classroom use.
2.     Developed greater skill in how to use videos, literature, and selected classroom resources for teaching purposes.
3.     Developed a plan for a comprehensive teaching unit for the Exploration themes that apply to their teaching.
4.     Applied extended reading and research on Exploration issues to lesson plans, if the credit option is chosen.

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