This is one of my favorite lessons to teach and the students LOVE it! I teach 7th graders, who love to argue and debate, so this lesson is engaging for them.
In the download, you get:
- a detailed lesson plan for exploring the bias surrounding the story of Christopher Columbus, his exploration, and his impact on the world (warm up, lesson, closing)
- 2 links to videos: one showing Columbus as a friend, the other showing him as a foe
- a highly visual presentation to show students as you move through the lesson
- worksheet for students
This lesson is perfect for 1 class period—more if you do the essay in class. It includes objectives (see below), methods, differentiation, and assessment.
Students will know:
1. Who Christopher Columbus was.
2. What Christopher Columbus did.
3. Pros and cons to Christopher Columbus’ exploration of the New World.
Students will understand:
1. There are differing opinions on the benefits vs. drawbacks of European exploration, namely Columbus’ exploration.
2. Bias exists everywhere.
1. Read and analyze text to determine the main ideas.
2. Verbally communicate the main ideas to a group of peers.
3. Illustrate the main ideas using pictures, text, and symbols.
4. Formulate an opinion based on information presented.
5. Communicate an opinion in the form of a journal prompt.