This original book outlines the life and journeys of Christopher Columbus. Highly visual and filled with a variety of pictures, this book is ideal for readers of any age, especially SIFE, ELLs/emergent bilinguals, and older students struggling to read.
With real pictures and no more than 2-4 sentences (in large print) per page, this book ensures that readers will not become overwhelmed with significant amounts of text on each page, instead enabling them to integrate the book's written information with its informative pictures.
The book features historical paintings as well as detailed (yet simple) maps of his four journeys. Especially highlighted are the tensions between the colonists and the natives, including the abuse, enslavement, and mistreatment of the natives by Columbus and his colonists. Interwoven throughout the book is also a history of Columbus's personal life.
Specific areas discussed include:
- Christopher's early life/family
- First trips to sea starting at age 14
- Early exploration predating expeditions commissioned by the king and queen of Spain
- Spice trading and trade routes to India
- Voyages funded by the Queen Isabela and King Ferdinand
- Colonization of Hispañola
- Tensions and mistreatment of natives by the colonists
- All four journeys made by Christopher Columbus
- Eventual jailing of Christopher Columbus by the king and queen of Spain
- Death and last years
Lexile Measure: 670L
Word Count: 818
***This book is also available in Spanish***