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:
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!