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FC: European Exploration


Students learn about why and how European exploration happened by reading and analyzing excerpts from a wide range of primary and secondary source documents.

Grade: 6th Grade

Weeks: 1.5

Pages: 115

Standards: 5.13, 6.1–6.7; 6.8 a–b, 6.9 a

File Type: pdf

Slide Deck Included: Yes

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Product SKU: PEDFC611


Students learn about why and how European exploration happened by reading and analyzing excerpts from a wide range of primary and secondary source documents. Then, the students answer the different supporting questions that help them answer the framing question. Students will complete various graphic organizers and question banks that will help them answer the framing questions. These activities have students working with primary and secondary sources, and they are specifically designed and chunked for better student comprehension, engagement, and fun!

Lessons are developed using all the sources and readings that are in the social studies course frameworks provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.

What does it include:

  1. Detailed lesson plans aligned to the standards and frameworks.
  2. Activities that include all the materials provided in the frameworks
  3. Assessments aligned to the new LDOE field test.
  4. Lesson activity workbook/worksheets
  5. Slide deck


  • 5.13 Describe the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of Indigenous civilizations of the Americas.
  • 6.8 Analyze European exploration and colonization of North America.
  • 6.8.a. Explain the significance of the land claims made in North America by European powers after 1600, including England, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain, and Sweden and their effects on Native Americans.
  • 6.8.b. Compare and contrast the motivations, challenges, and achievements related to exploration and settlement of North America by the British, Dutch, French, and Spanish, including the search for wealth, freedom, and a new life.
  • 6.9 Analyze the development of the settlements and colonies in the late sixteenth century through the seventeenth century.
  • 6.9.a. Analyze cooperation, competition, and conflict among groups in North America from the late 1500s to the mid-1700s, including Dutch, English, French, Spanish, and Native American groups including the 1621 Autumn Harvest Celebration, French and Native American trade of fur, Bacon’s Rebellion, and King Philip’s (Metacom) War.

Framing Question

  • How and why did European exploration and settlements in North America begin?

Supporting Questions

  • Why did Europeans explore and colonize parts of North America?
  • To what degree were the motivations of the British, Spanish, Dutch and French in colonizing North America similar or different?
  • What was North America like prior to European exploration and colonization?
  • How did early European exploration, conquest and colonization affect Indigenous peoples in North America?



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