Guns, Germs, and Steel Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson to strengthen your students' understanding of the book 'Guns, Germs, and Steel' by Jared Diamond. Students will use our text lesson to summarize and analyze key ideas and theories, discussing content and citing text evidence, then complete a culminating activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
  • cite text evidence to support thinking in analysis of Guns, Germs, and Steel
  • form and defend theories found in the text Guns, Germs, and Steel


1 hour


  • Copies of the lesson Guns, Germs, and Steel Book Summary, one for each student
  • Copies of the book Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
  • Copies of the quiz, one for each student
  • Access to technology and the internet

Key Vocabulary

  • Technological advances
  • Agriculture

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.3

Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

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