Ch 6: The Age of Expansion: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Age of Expansion unit of this AP European History Homeschool Curriculum course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about European expansion in the New World. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our AP European History Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the Age of Expansion. There is no faster or easier way to learn about European expansion in the New World. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about Portuguese and Spanish empires and explorers, the Conquistadores and the importance of the compass.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and an Age of Expansion unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Age of Expansion Unit Objectives:

  • Learn how the Portuguese and Spanish empires expanded into the Americas and Asia.
  • Understand how the compass and navigational technologies enhanced exploration.
  • Define the goals and discoveries of the great explorers from Portugal and Spain.
  • Discuss Spain's violent conquest of the Central and South American peoples.
  • Describe Bartolome De las Casas' efforts to stop Spanish aggression in the New World.

5 Lessons in Chapter 6: The Age of Expansion: Homeschool Curriculum
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Portuguese and Spanish Empires: Growth in the New World & Asia

1. Portuguese and Spanish Empires: Growth in the New World & Asia

This lesson will explore the motivations, foundations, and growth of the Portuguese and Spanish empires in the New World and Asia. We will also meet a few famous Portuguese and Spanish explorers.

How the Compass Helped Columbus

2. How the Compass Helped Columbus

This lesson will explore the use of the compass during Columbus' voyages to the New World. It will highlight the navigational techniques of dead reckoning and celestial navigation. It will also review the voyages of Columbus.

Great Explorers of Spain and Portugal: Aims & Discoveries

3. Great Explorers of Spain and Portugal: Aims & Discoveries

This lesson will focus on the New World explorations of Spain and Portugal. It will list explorers from both of these countries while also highlighting the motivations behind European exploration.

Conquistadores: Spanish Conquests of South & Central America

4. Conquistadores: Spanish Conquests of South & Central America

In this lesson, we will study the Spanish conquistadores who marched through the New World and helped to establish Spain's empire. We will focus especially on the conquistadores of South and Central America.

Bartolome de las Casas: Destruction of the Amerindians

5. Bartolome de las Casas: Destruction of the Amerindians

In this lesson, we will meet Bartolome de las Casas, a 16th century priest and scholar who fought for the rights and dignity of Amerindians in the Spanish colonies of the New World.

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