RUE Episode 97: Vocabulary 3

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Episode 97 Summary

We’ve reached the point in our Native Americans Unit here we need to clarify some content vocabulary. Until now, we’ve only taught a few terms having to do with Native Americans; however the upheaval brought about by Europeans necessitates a more direct approach to words and phrases we’ll be using.

Hence, Episode 97 contains clarification of vocabulary, using a direct approach. This is a good time to look at your own ideas of what some of these words mean, and see if you need to adjust your first hypotheses about their meanings.

Episode 97 begins with a whirlwind tour through history’s Age of Discovery, featuring a video by Mr. Beat. The activities by Europeans during this time had major – and often catastrophic impacts on Native Americans. This fast-paced video takes viewers through some of the highlights of this historic period.

We follow the vocabulary instruction with a short video about today’s Taino people – mostly from a cultural perspective.

Language Objectives

Clarify the meanings of terms as they relate to the study of Native Americans

Using a vocabulary list, summarize a short video about Native Americans (Taino).

Academic Content Objectives

Identify the European countries involved in Exploration of North and South America.

List the most notable explorers from at least 3 countries.

Identify the Native American group that was dominant in the West Indies at the time of contact with Europeans.

Briefly characterize the actions of Native Americans upon the arrive of Columbus.

Characterize the treatment of Taino people by the Spaniards during the Voyages of Columbus.

Explain the cause/effect relationship between the actions of Spanish soldiers and the suffering of Native Americans.

List at least five factors that led to the decline of Taino population and culture.

List words that are still in use from Taino sources.

Clarify the meanings of unit vocabulary words that relate to Native American History.

Videos used in this Episode

Our first video took us through the Age of Discovery with VideoHistorian Mr. Beat. Here’s a link to that video on You Tube. Click here.

The video about the Taino people can be viewed by clicking here.

Learning Materials: Vocabulary

The general definition of savage falls short of the way it’s used in this unit.
In our previous episode, we saw some acts that were unquestionably savage. So what does that say about the people who performed those acts?
Savagery was conduced by both sides during conflicts
Native Americans
Even today, we still see much cruel behavior: Cruelty
Ramping Up your English
The abuse committed by some Europeans and tolerated by others is shocking
John Letz
Slavery is basically stealing the labor from someone. In the case of codified slavery, it can be said to steal their very life.
The idea here is the gradual nature of encroachment. It can seem an over-reaction to resist encroachment with violence, but experience informs that encroachment leads to loss.
Native Americans
Nothing subtle about invade. Those who invade take over.
RVTV Voices
To occupy is also to take over.
Rogue TV
Settlers were often the targets of resistance
Native Americans
Agggession often involves violence
Social Studies
Native Americans tried to defend themselves from the aggressions of Europeans
Many Native Americans resisted the invasions and occupations of Europeans.

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