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lesson 4
1 hour

Decisive Moment in the Greatest Collision of Modern History


In this lesson, students read and analyze Guns, Germs, and Steel, pages 65–71. In this passage, Diamond uses a patchwork of eyewitness accounts to reconstruct “the encounter between the Inca emperor Atahuallpa and the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizzaro,” which he calls “the decisive moment in the greatest collision of modern history” (p. 66). Additionally, students learn how to generate inquiry questions from their surfaced issues to prepare for independent research.


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