Yesterday I shared Day 1 of my Inca unit. If you read through the entire post, you know that Day 1 spilled over into Day 2 because the documentary we watched was longer than my class period.
After we completed the documentary, I had students fill out a KWL (Know-Want to Know – Learned) Chart. These are seriously one of my favorite things when creating cultural units with students! I allowed students to fill in the Know section with information they had learned in the video because I wanted to see what stuck with them. For the Want to Know section, I asked students to write 5 things they wanted to know about the Inca.
That night I went home and went through all of their KWL charts. I made a chart myself of what students wanted to know, and then tallied per each repeat. That’s right – ALL of my Essential Questions came from my students. I recognize that these questions are not considered Best Practice (per my studies through Concordia College), but I LOVE that I was dedicating this unit to my students’ desires. Here is what they wanted to know:
- ¿Cómo vivían antes de la conquista?
- ¿Cómo era su religión?
- ¿Quiénes eran los líderes de los incas y los conquistadores?
- ¿Por qué lucharon los conquistadores contra los incas?
- ¿Existen los incas hoy?
I then had a couple sub-essential questions. For example, a lot of students wanted to know about their jobs so I put that under Essential Question #1. Another example is that students wanted to know about the Incan rituals, so I put that under Essential Question #2.
Stay tuned to learn more about the lessons I used to help my students answer their own questions! If you want to check out other Inca related posts, check out all my Inca Unit lesson plans here.