Christopher Columbus Day: Passage and Questions: Reading Comprehension Activity

Christopher Columbus Day: Passage and Questions: Reading Comprehension Activity
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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- 5th graders in mind, but it may work for advanced third graders. Please use your best judgment.

Please click on the preview above to get a better idea of what is included.


Before you buy....let me explain the article a bit. If you have taught about Columbus to fourth and fifth graders, you know that the kids will often start to question whether Columbus was a 'hero'. When they learn historical facts through videos or biographies, they most likely have learned that he used lots of force, enslavement, etc. with the Native Americans. kids on their own start to form differing views from the happy go lucky saying of "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue" and he is the hero that 'discovered' America. Some of my students on their own have said, ' Well, I can't believe he did that. He wasn't very nice." This passage has two paragraphs. The first just talks about Columbus' voyage and discovery, etc. The second talks about the holiday, when it was enacted, and brings up the fact that some groups think he should not be celebrated. Some states like South Dakota don't even call it Columbus Day, they call it Native American Day. The passage doesn't state whether we should or should not celebrate the holiday, it just states the facts, discusses the controversy/negativity some people have, and hopefully the kids can form their own views.

It is a high interest topic that I think your students will like, and will hopefully get them talking.


IMPORTANT---- I offer the same passage in two different formats. This particular product is a one page passage with about 9 text-based questions that go along with the passage.

The other format is for interactive notebooks. It is the same passage and similar questions just formatted differently. If you would like to view the interactive notebook version, click HERE. You can then read the description to see which format works best for you.


What's included?

This pack includes a one page reading passage that should help students better understand Christopher Columbus, his travels, and the controversy surrounding Columbus Day.

In addition to the passage, there are about 9 questions. One is on the definition of indigenous, one focuses on why it is no longer celebrated on the 12th, and the others focuses on comprehension questions related to the text.

An answer key is also provided.

The first part of this passage comes from another Columbus passage I wrote which is included in my SS notebooks, but MOST of the passage is new information (the part about the controversy and celebrating Columbus Day).

PLEASE.... if you have any questions about the questions asked, what the passage includes, or anything else, just send me a message before you buy. :-) I will be glad to try and answer those.


In addition to doing this activity as a whole group reading lesson, you could also have students do it during a literacy center. Feel free to use it in your classroom however you would like.

**PLEASE... if you see any typos, send me a message before you rate the product. I can usually have corrections made very quickly. Thank you ahead of time.


Take a look at all of my close reading passages and activities by clicking HERE


21 Passages and Questions


Columbus Day
Earth Day
Cindo De Mayo
Test Taking Tips
St. Patrick’s Day
Millions Watch the Super Bowl
Presidents’ Day
Dental Health Month
Groundhog Day
Valentine’s Day
New Year’s (Superstitions and New Year’s )
Martin Luther King, Jr.
New Year’s Resolutions
Chinese New Year
Christmas Traditions at the White House
Halloween and Candy Corn Poem
The Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving
Veterans Day
Memorial Day
Reading Month Passage for March

***All topics come with a passage, questions, and answer key.

For more creative lesson ideas, click on 'elementary lesson plans' by my picture above.
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