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Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain? Students investigate his legacy with DBQ!
Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain? Students investigate his legacy with DBQ! The Christopher Columbus, Hero or Villain, activity is also included as part of the much larger Renaissance Unit Bundle, located here:
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Christopher Columbus - Hero or Villain? Students Debate!
Christopher Columbus Christopher Columbus: A Hero or a Villain? Aim: How can Christopher Columbus be viewed as a hero? How can he be viewed as a villain? Included in this packet: • Title page • Do Now/Motivation student-centered question • Christopher Columbus Hero/Villain reading passage with
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Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain?
Students will analyze a variety of primary source documents through engaging activities and higher-level thinking to develop a historically accurate view of Christopher Columbus in this week-long mini unit. The culminating activity of this mini-unit is a socratic seminar about Columbus' treatment o
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Christopher Columbus:  Hero or Villain?  You Be the Judge!
This lesson includes primary sources that show Columbus portrayed as both a hero and a villian. Students analyze them, highlighting details that show him as a hero or villian, then complete a graphic organizer before writing a brief essay that argues one side or the other.
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Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain?
This file includes documents which cast Columbus as both a hero and a villain. Students must determine which primary sources adore him and which detest him, followed by using the documents to back up both opinions. The last task includes using the information at hand to form their own opinions and
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Primary Source Analysis, Christopher Columbus, Hero or Villain
Stop lecturing about history and help your students engage with it! They will use the highest levels of thinking in this challenging, but engaging activity as they figure out for themselves who Christopher Columbus really is: A Hero or a Villain? I had great success with my students and this activit
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Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain (Mini DBQ)
Inquiry Question: Was Christopher Columbus a hero or a villain? Includes: -3 documents for students to analyze -graphic organizer to help plan their essay -instructions for writing their historical argument
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Socratic Seminar materials for: "Christopher Columbus, Hero or Murderer?"
This piece is extremely intriguing to students and an excellent piece to use for a Socratic Seminar discussion. It allows students to see a different perspective of Christopher Columbus and have a rigorous, high-level discussion on the topic of whether or not he was a hero or a murderer. The text a
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This video is meant to teach students about the famous New World Explorer named Christopher Columbus. Perfect for Columbus Day activities or as a part of a study on the Age of Exploration. Engage students in over twelve minutes of historical and instructional fun with Mr. Horton! This downloadable v
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Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain? (Common Core Aligned)
Was Christopher Columbus a good person or was he a villain? Children across America learn stories of his heroism and intelligence, while most college and high school students learn about his brutality and callousness. In this assignments students will read four primary and secondary sources (excerpt
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Christopher Columbus - Hero or Villan Assignment
This assignment includes both primary and secondary sources (excerpts from Columbus's diary and a historian's reflection on Columbus's accomplishments). Also included are comprehension questions, a venn diagram, and reflective journal prompt. After purchasing this product, please take a moment to
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AP World History Period 4 Lesson on Christopher Columbus - Hero OR Criminal
In this lesson, students, working in pairs or in groups, will analyze the character of Christopher Columbus and his actions. They will examine the 10 documents and will determine whether or not he was a criminal or a hero in history. A graphic organizer and a web graph have been added to aid the s
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Age of Exploration: Christopher Columbus Hero or Zero? Assignment
Age of Exploration: Christopher Columbus Hero or Zero? Assignment Using the DBQ Students will decide and justify whether or not they believe Columbus to be a hero or not. This contains DBQ, Graphic Organizers, and essay writing tips
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Christopher Columbus: Hero of Villain
Handouts include: reading passage about 4 causes of Age of Exploration paired with a graphic organizer; reading passage about brief history about Columbus and his legacy; 3 DBQs prompting students to debate whether Columbus was a hero or villain.
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Christopher Columbus Hero or Villain
This infographic provides information that allows for student talk on the topic of the Colombian Exchange. It can be used as low as second grade to stimulate discussion and can be compared with complex text as high as 12th grade.
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Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain
This project allows students to explore this controversial historical figure and determine for themselves what they feel to be his legacy: heroic or villainous? It also gives them an opportunity to engage globally, by debating online.
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Christopher Columbus - Hero or Villain? Students Debate!
Christopher Columbus Christopher Columbus: A Hero or a Villain? Aim: How can Christopher Columbus be viewed as a hero? How can he be viewed as a villain? FOR GOOGLE CLASSROOM Included in this resource: • Title page • Do Now/Motivation student-centered question • Christopher Columbus Hero/Villa
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Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain
Creating and writing arguments are an important part of our NYS English Language Arts Curriculum. With this project, you can choose how many articles your students will read and annotate. This lets you control the difficulty and reading level of the texts. All required tasks are outlined in the
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Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain?
Mini Unit on who the real Christopher Columbus was. Includes primary and secondary source activities from Columbus's diary and an article about his treatment of the natives. Also includes graphic organizers, a writing prompt and the essential question of was Christopher Columbus a hero or a villai
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Opposing Points of View: Christopher Columbus (Hero or Villain)
This lesson introduces students to the concept of opposing points of view and the importance of evaluating information to determine the author's purpose for writing. Students will understand that some points of view are directly stated in the text while others are implied (inferences must be made).
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Christopher Columbus:  Hero?
Students analyze three secondary sources and a primary source to determine whether Christopher Columbus was a hero in the American origin story.
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Christopher Columbus Day - Opinion Writing - Text Dependent - Text Evidence
Christopher Columbus Day Unit with text dependent reading and opinion writing. Was Christopher Columbus a hero or a villain? This mini-unit integrates literacy skills with social studies. In this lesson the students will be given 2 different points of view or perspectives about Ch
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Columbus: Hero or Villain DBQ
This is a Document-Based Question essay requiring students to take a position on whether Christopher Columbus should be judged as a hero or villain in history. Students are required to use the provided documents to support their thesis as well as address the opposing view. There are 13 documents p
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Christopher Columbus Day: Passage and Questions: Reading Comprehension Activity
Columbus Day: passage and Questions Christopher Columbus and the Columbus Day Controversy - This passage with activities is perfect for Columbus Day, which is celebrated on the second Monday in October or any time you are studying about Columbus. This passage was written with 4th-
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WAS COLUMBUS A HERO OR A ZERO? "History on Trial"
WAS COLUMBUS A HERO OR A ZERO: A "History on Trial" (H.O.T.) Topic Activity INCLUDED IN EACH “H.O.T” TOPIC UNIT: 1) Detailed Instructions: a “DAY BY DAY” walk through to help the teacher navigate smoothly through this easy to implement activity. 2) Reproducible
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Christopher Columbus Mini Book
Christopher Columbus is one of the controversial explorers in history! Whether you think he is a hero or a villain, he is still discussed in most classrooms today! Need an overview, study guide, or reading lesson that briefly covers it all? This mini book and activities would be great to introduce
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Christopher Columbus PowerPoint
This 23-slide Power Point Presentation is aimed at uncovering the some of the myths and truths about Christopher Columbus. This PowerPoint explores why Columbus is viewed as hero by some and a villain by others. Slide topics include: Importance of Columbus, True Story of Columbus, Why Sail West,
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Christopher Columbus ~The Truth~ Grades 3-5, Close Reading, Fact and Opinion
Do you have to teach about Christopher Columbus in your standards? Columbus Day has been a controversial “holiday”. Yet it is history and we can teach the facts and allow students to form their own opinions/feelings. This resource will answer the following questions: Did Columbus discover North Amer
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Christopher Columbus Reading Passage and Questions
This is an 8 page introduction written at an upper elementary school reading level on Christopher Columbus. 10 questions are included at the end as open response/responding to reading questions. Visuals are given to illustrate the positive and negative effects of the Columbian Exchange and the "trut
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Christopher Columbus and El dia de la Raza
A powerpoint with introduction and discussion questions about the true story of Christopher Columbus and his and others impact on hispanic people today. It presents a much different point of view on this American hero and includes references for further study.
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Christopher Columbus Mock Trial Assignment
In honor of Columbus Day and to correspond with classroom discussion on the Age of Exploration, this weeklong assignment gives students the chance to really understand Christopher Columbus’s life and how his actions shape our view of him today. In this trial, students are asked whether they think Ch
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Christopher Columbus Character Study Center Activity: Hero or Villain?
This resource was created to help your students think critically and form opinions about the controversial Columbus Day holiday. Use the sorting cards in a center where students will decide if Columbus is a hero or villain based on the facts presented. Use the sorting cut & paste worksheet in ad
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Poster Project: Christopher Columbus, Hernan Cortes, Francisco Pizaro
Christopher Columbus, Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro have been seen by many throughout history to be both a hero and a villain. Pick one of these individuals to do more research about. Fill in the graphic organizer as you do your research. After you decided if your character is a hero or a vi
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Columbus - Hero or Villain? Movie and Book Critics
There have been, and continue to be, differing opinions and perspectives on Christopher Columbus. Many argue that he should be considered a villain in the archives of history, while others argue that he brought fourth colonization and the modern world. No matter what opinion you are of, this activ
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Find the Hero in You ~ Christopher Columbus ~ Multimedia
This is an amazingly inspirational story of not the who he was, but the how he became who he was. And throughout the story it asks the reader how they too can become more and get their own personal dreams. How they too can find the hero in themselves. Great for both children and adults of all ages
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Pre-Colonial America - Christopher Columbus
This is an animated, power point presentation that presents the voyages of Christopher Columbus and subsequent discovery of the Americas. The presentation has 24 slides, all of which are "editable" so you can adjust the presentation if you so choose. Explorer and navigator Christopher Columbus was
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Find the Hero in You ~ Christopher Columbus
Find the Hero in You ~ Christopher Columbus This is an amazingly inspirational story of not just the who he was, but the how he became who he was. And throughout the story it asks the reader how they too can become more and get their own personal dreams. How they too can find the hero in themselves
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The Trial of Christopher Columbus: How Should History View Him And His Legacy?
This student favorite, multi-day activity transforms your classroom into a dynamic courtroom. Students will play the role of "Lawyer" or "Juror" and have the opportunity to analyze primary and secondary sources revolving around the topic of whether History should view Columbus as a hero or villain.
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Columbus Hero or Villain? Writing Project Based Learning (PBL)
The topic of Christopher Columbus and his legacy are controversial in the 21st century. I created this project to allow students to voice their opinions about Christopher Columbus and his explorations and settlement of the New World. Should he be remembered as a hero or a villain? The project comes
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European Exploration - Christopher Columbus
European Exploration - Christopher Columbus These slides go over the European exploration that include Christopher Columbus. There is also an opinion aspect of it to discuss whether or not students think Christopher Columbus was a hero or a villain.
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*Find the Hero in You ~ Christopher Columbus-Illustrate your Hopes & Dreams book
This is a very inspirational story of not just who Columbus was, but HOW he became who he was. Throughout the story it asks the reader how they too can become more and get their own personal hopes and dreams. Seven different times while reading your child or students have the opportunity to WRITE
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Christopher Columbus: Does He Deserve to be Called a Hero?
Age of Exploration: Christopher Columbus Hero or Zero? Assignment Using the DBQ Students will decide and justify whether or not they believe Columbus to be a hero or not. This contains DBQ, Graphic Organizers, and essay writing tips
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Heroes in History - Christopher Columbus
This packet was used in a unit called Heroes in History. Students were given a different historical figure and were asked to "research." The packet included a summary, fun facts, new vocabulary specific to this person and their time period, worksheet with questions to review what they read, and a gr
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Christopher Columbus Passage and Organizer SAMPLE
Christopher Columbus This Christopher Columbus passage is one of 7 included in the Explorers Pack found in my store. I use it for interactive notetaking in my cla
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Social Studies Reading Passages Paired Texts
These nonfiction reading passages highlight 32 interesting people in United States history. Each passage consists of one page of informational text with a biographical paragraph and another paragraph on a related topic, plus one page of 8 multiple choice comprehension questions modeled after the typ
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Christopher Columbus Day: Reading Passage: Columbus Interactive Notebook
Columbus Day: Passage and Activity for INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOKS... "Christopher Columbus and the Columbus Day Controversy". This passage with activities is perfect for Columbus Day, which is celebrated on the second Monday in October or any time you are studying about Columbus. This C
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Informational Text Passages Grade 6
Build comprehension using this set of 24 high-interest, nonfiction reading passages. The 12 long passages feature one page of informational text and one page of multiple-choice questions with 3 answer choices. The topics of 10 passages relate to a holiday or season and the other 2 are paired texts a
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Indigenous Peoples Day
A resource for you to use if you wish to present a different point of view about Columbus’ journey and the effect it had on the Native Americans who already lived on the islands he explored in the Caribbean. I know when I was in school, no one even mentioned the fact that a whole group of people
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Community Creators and Shapers Reading Passages
Study Pierre Charles L'Enfant, Benjamin Banneker, Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Boone, Christopher Columbus, and Juan de Onate using single biographical paragraphs, nonfiction paired texts, or both. These community creators, shapers, and expanders are specifically required in the Grade 3 Social Studies
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Christopher Columbus and Other Explorers Stamp Activity
The stamp activity is a great way to get your students working both independently and as a group as they produce a large stamp about a European explorer. The lesson includes a description of the entire lesson, a handout for the class that explains the lesson and provides a full page graphic or
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Christopher Columbus, Friend or Foe, Hero or Goat???
This lesson will help the students understand main idea and author's purpose while studying Columbus. Comparing and contrasting a traditional text book description of Columbus' voyage with that described in Howard Zinn's a People's History of the United States or A Young People's History of the Unit
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Hero Or Criminal? Christopher Columbus
Hero or Criminal? Christopher Columbus is a series of collected primary and secondary sources that offer some insight into the life of the man who allegedly discovered the Americas on his voyage from Spain in 1492. Allow students time to read the the sources, either individually or in small groups
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AP World History Period 4 Bundle Lessons
This AP World History Period 4 zip file contains 21 AP World History lessons that delve into the time period within the CollegeBoard AP framework, c. 1450-1750. The lessons include the Advanced Placement Key Concept Learning Standards as well as the updated DBQ rubric and graphic organizers, includi
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