Christopher Columbus - Hero or Villain? Students Debate!

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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?

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Included in this packet:
• Title page
• Do Now/Motivation student-centered question
• Christopher Columbus Hero/Villain reading passage with positive/negatives graphic organizer
• Debate Worksheet: Students will be placed into debate groups upon teacher's discretion; will gather information based on their side's argument - Evidence worksheet included
• Application/Closing Questions

Students will analyze and evaluate the effect Christopher Columbus had on the world and if he should be considered a hero or a villain

Adheres to Social Studies Common Core Standards - research, application, literacy, vocabulary; writing/discussion based on argument
Differentiation: graphic organizer; cooperative (students will be placed into debate groups based upon teacher's discretion)

★★ NOTE: When I execute this lesson, I usually split it up into two days: Day One giving the students time to create their arguments in groups, and Day Two allowing them to argue each side with closing arguments and submitting their application questions answers

Christopher Columbus Original Illustrations/Clip Art by Kerri Webb {GET IT HERE!}
Application tag by Ashley Hughes
KG Fonts and Kevin/Amanda Fonts

© 2012 A Social Studies Life
For personal use only. Duplication for an entire school, an entire school system, or for commercial purposes is strictly forbidden. Please have other teachers purchase their own copy. If you are a school or district interested in purchasing several licenses, please contact me for a district-wide quote.
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7
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Teaching Duration
90 Minutes

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Christopher Columbus - Hero or Villain? Students Debate!
Christopher Columbus - Hero or Villain? Students Debate!
Christopher Columbus - Hero or Villain? Students Debate!
Christopher Columbus - Hero or Villain? Students Debate!