Columbus Day? Public Policy Debate

Columbus Day?  Public Policy Debate
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Columbus Day?  Public Policy Debate
Columbus Day?  Public Policy Debateplay
Columbus Day?  Public Policy Debate
Columbus Day?  Public Policy Debate
Columbus Day?  Public Policy Debate
Columbus Day?  Public Policy Debate
Columbus Day?  Public Policy Debate
Columbus Day?  Public Policy Debate
Columbus Day?  Public Policy Debate
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In October every year the debate over Columbus Day re-emerges. Should Columbus Day be changed to Indigenous People’s Day? Let your students decide.

The lesson begins by asking students to recall what they know about Christopher Columbus and goes through a brief history of the national holiday.

Student move into an analysis of both sides of the issue. They read arguments in favor of the change and against the change. Their job is to develop counterarguments to all of the claims. Even if they disagree!

The lesson concludes by asking students their opinion after they've analyzed both sides of the issue. Students are presented with a call to action: write their representative to state their position on the matter. They are stakeholders. We need to teach them that their voices matter.

The lesson contains a comprehensive teacher’s guide that includes probing discussion questions like:

  • Why do we credit Columbus with the discovery of America?
  • The holiday was formed in 1937. What’s happened since that time? Are our values the same? What was life like in 1937?
  • Do people actually spend Columbus Day thinking about Columbus? IF we made the switch would people spend the day thinking about indigenous peoples?
  • If you were president of the US, what would you decide to do? What information would you need to make a decision? Who would you talk to?

his lesson download includes:

- Teacher's Guide

- PowerPoint presentation

-Student Sheets available as Word Documents AND editable PDF

-Pre-Made Braincandy Questions (Braincandy is a FREE online platform that allows students to take polls and answer questions in real-time)

All resources are available for download and on Google Docs!

All students are compelled by their inherent sense of fairness and justice! Use that to your advantage to keep your class engaged!

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Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in light of the evidence presented.
Acknowledge new information expressed by others and, when warranted, modify their own views.
Review the key ideas expressed and demonstrate understanding of multiple perspectives through reflection and paraphrasing.
Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
Total Pages
17 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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