Free Crash Course U.S. History | E01 Video Guide


This Free Crash Course U.S. History | E01 Video Guide | The Black Legend, Native Americans, and Spaniards video guide worksheet is meant to supplement the viewing of a free ~10 minute video on YouTube.

Challenge students to:

  • Grapple with the nuances of 16th-century American history
  • Analyze the ‘Black Legend’ narrative
  • Understand the diverse Native American cultures before European contact
  • Explore the impact of Spanish exploration
  • Examine a primary source mystery document and encourage critical thinking about historical perspectives.
  • Research individuals like Juan Ponce de Leon, Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, Bartolome de las Casas, and key events like the Pueblo Revolt.

Check the thumbnails for sample questions of episode #1 to see if this movie guide is suitable for your students. This resource consists of 7 high-level, short answer and research questions that will do more than just ask your students to regurgitate information.

This Free Crash Course U.S. History | E01 Video Guide product includes a .zip file with:

  • Answer Key (PDF – 3 pages)
  • Student Video Guide (PDF – 3 pages)
  • A PDF with link to a Google Slides version (1 page)
  • Teacher Handout (PDF/DOCX – 3 pages)
    • 50 Minute Lesson Plan
    • Discussion Prompts
    • CCSS and C3 Framework Standards Alignment

The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

  • D2.His.4.9-12: Analyze complex factors that influenced perspectives of people during different historical eras.
  • D2.His.1.9-12: Evaluate how historical events were shaped by unique circumstances of time and place as well as broader contexts.
  • D2.His.6.9-12: Analyze how the perspectives of those writing history shaped the history they produced.
  • D2.His.14.9-12: Analyze multiple and complex causes and effects of events in the past.

General Tips for Using the Print version of this Movie Guide:

  1. Print one, double-sided video guide for each student
  2. Preview the next question on the video guide as you complete each one, this can help students pay attention to important upcoming events.
  3. Pause at the half way point as designated on the video guide, encourage students to debate, discuss and talk about their ideas before writing their answers.
  4. Discourage students from simply copying answers.
  5. Randomly choose a student to share their answer and defend it if necessary.
  6. If time allows, feel free to rewind and show important parts of the movie again for additional analysis.
  7. On average, this video guide will require about 50 minutes total.


This educational worksheet is an independent creation designed to support the learning experience alongside a history video episode. It is neither authorized nor endorsed by the creators of the original video. This resource, including the lesson plan, discussion prompts, and alignment with educational standards, is intended solely for educational enhancement. The video episode referenced must be sourced separately. This material is not affiliated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by the creators of the video or any associated entities.

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Get a feel for these movie guides and see if this resource is right for you. I ask questions that require students to ‘live’ on the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy.

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