This biography of the 15th century Italian explorer Christopher Columbus focuses on his proposal to secure trading routes with Asia by sailing west across the Atlantic Ocean. Instead, however, Columbus arrived on the island of Hispaniola and laid the foundations for Spain's exploration and colonization of the Americas. The subsequent exchange of plants, animals, technology, ideas, and religion -- known as the Columbian Exchange -- had an enormous impact, both positive and negative, on both sides of the Atlantic.
The biography includes a series of questions based on the reading.
In using this in my own class room, students are encouraged to:
1. Number the paragraphs
2. Read the biography
3. Highlight answers in the reading
4. Use complete sentences
The answer key demonstrates these steps.
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