Christopher Columbus - Was he a great historical figure? (Gallery Walk with Displays for 8 Stations, Writing Assignment with Rubric, Debate Activity, Graphic Organizer, Teacher Guide) - This 22 page package of resources related to the life and impacts of Christopher Columbus centers on the critical question: Was he a great historical figure? With this resource your students will critically analyze his impact on the world and history and determine whether Columbus should be celebrated as a great historical figure.
The resource centers on teaching students about the different impacts of Columbus and his voyages through a Gallery Walk Activity. In this activity there are eight different stations (displays) scattered throughout the classroom and students must visit all of the stations to gather information related to the impacts of the achievements of Columbus in the New World. This resource includes the displays for all 8 topics (impacts of Columbus) with colorful displays and images. Also, the included teacher guide details online videos that can be used at several stations (with the use of laptops/Chromebooks and internet access) in order to excite and engage students on the different impacts. As well, the resource includes a graphic organizer for students to use while they record the information from each station related to the impacts of Columbus and his voyages on the world and history. The different stations of the Gallery Walk focus on the following impacts of Columbus: Did Columbus Really Discover the New World?, Columbus Was a Brilliant Sailor, Columbus Exploited and Enslaved People, Columbus Followed His Dreams, etc.
Next, the resource includes a writing assignment with rubric that requires the students to argue and defend a position in regards to whether Columbus is a great historical figure and to what extent he should be celebrated as such.
Finally, the detailed teacher guide explains a Four Corners Debate Activity that can be used to have student critically think and debate the question of whether or not Columbus is a great historical figure.
This is an excellent resource when teaching students about the impacts of Christopher Columbus and the Age of Exploration and the ways in which Columbus and his voyages changed the world forever after. Your students will be engaged because they will be up and out of their desks and will involve the entire class in their own learning!
This is a versatile lesson on Columbus that can be used and adjusted for many different grade levels. The resource includes a short biography of Columbus with web links to a video that can be used as a brief overview of his accomplishments.
It will make a great addition to your Columbus and/or Age of Exploration unit of study!