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 of Native Americans. The product includes a Socratic Seminar "how to" guide for the teacher, as well as 2 posters for the classroom. This mini unit is appropriate for grades 5-8, but can be easily modified for upper or lower grades.
This product includes:
1.) Lesson sequence for teacher
2.) KWL Chart
3.) "Brief History of Christopher Columbus" reading for students to gain background knowledge
4.) Columbus: In His Shoes Activity: students decide what supplies they need and how they will spend the money given to Columbus by the King and Queen of Spain.
5.) "Why Explore": Students will analyze primary source's to determine why Columbus wanted to explore.
6.) "Why Explore" teacher guide (translates the primary sources)
7.) Columbus Sets Sail: Students will analyze primary source excerpts from Columbus's Journal using a Primary Source Analysis Tool
8.) Columbus Sets Sail teacher guide (translates primary sources)
9.) Columbus Viewpoints: Students will analyze secondary source viewpoints about Columbus (whether or not he was a "hero".)
10.) Socratic Seminar Instructions for the teacher
11.) Socratic Seminar Guidelines poster for classroom
12.) Conversationalist Moves poster for classroom
13.) Columbus Encounters the Natives: Students will analyze primary source documents about Columbus's treatment of Native Americans. They will discuss this document in a socratic seminar format.
14.) Guiding questions for Columbus Encounters the Natives reading: students will use this to prepare for the socratic seminar
15.) Socratic seminar self-reflection worksheet
16.) Socratic seminar grading rubric
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