Lesson Plan: Pueblo Life Through Spanish Eyes

Unit:  Cultures in Conflict 

Essential Question:   According to primary and secondary sources, what was the impact of Coronado’s visit to the Rio Grande pueblo of Kuaua?

Objectives:  After completing this lesson, the learner will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast major historical eras, events and figures from ancient civilizations to the age of exploration (NM Grade 7 Benchmark I-C—World)
  • Research historical events and people from a variety of perspectives (NM Grade 7 Benchmark I-D—Skills)
  • Analyze and evaluate information by developing and applying criteria for selecting appropriate information and use it to answer critical questions. (NM Grade 7 Benchmark I-D—Skills – Performance Standards)
  • Demonstrate the ability to examine history from the perspectives of the participants. (NM Grade 7 Benchmark I-D—Skills Performance Standards)

Through Spanish Eyes:                                                 Life at Kuaua Pueblo

Using primary and secondary sources, students will examine life at the ancient pueblo village of Kuaua, one of the cluster of Rio Grande pueblos called Tiguex which was visited by Francisco Vásquez de Coronado during his entrada in 1540.
Download the lesson plan at the link below.  Included are Common Core Standards for literacy in History/Social Studies for grades 6-12.  Use the Teacher Resources link to download the primary and secondary source documents as well as student handouts to create a complete print-ready lesson  for your English / Language Arts or New Mexico History classroom!

Recommended as a lesson to work on before or after your visit to Coronado Historic Site, this lesson will stand alone without the field trip if it is impossible for you to visit us.

Through Spanish Eyes Lesson Plan

Through Spanish Eyes Teacher Resources