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Columbus Day: Reading Passage: Columbus Interactive Notebook

Columbus Day: Reading Passage: Columbus Interactive Notebook
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Columbus Day: Passage and Activity for INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOKS... "Christopher Columbus and the Columbus Day Controversy". This passage with activities is perfect for Columbus Day, which is celebrated on the second Monday in October or any time you are studying about Columbus.

This Columbus Day passage was written with 4th- 5th graders in mind.

Please click on the preview above to get a better idea of what is included.


Before you buy....let me explain the article a bit. If you have taught about Columbus to fourth and fifth graders, you know that the kids will often start to question whether Columbus was a 'hero'. When they learn historical facts through videos or biographies, they most likely have learned that he used lots of force, enslavement, etc. with the Native Americans. kids on their own start to form differing views from the happy go lucky saying of "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue" and he is the hero that 'discovered' America. Some of my students on their own have said, ' Well, I can't believe he did that. He wasn't very nice." This passage has two paragraphs. The first just talks about Columbus' voyage and discovery, etc. The second talks about the holiday, when it was enacted, and brings up the fact that some groups think he should not be celebrated. Some states like South Dakota don't even call it Columbus Day, they call it Native American Day. The passage doesn't state whether we should or should not celebrate the holiday, it just states the facts, discusses the controversy/negativity some people have, and hopefully the kids can form their own views.

It is a high interest topic that I think your students will like, and will hopefully get them talking.


IMPORTANT---- I offer this SAME passage in two different formats. This particular passage is formatted for interactive notebooks. It is the exact same passage and similar questions just formatted differently from the full page version.

If you would like to purchase the one page passage with 9 text-based questions that go along with the passage, click HERE. You can then read the description to see which format works best for you.


This pack includes a short close reading passage to help students better understand why Columbus, the holiday, and the controversy behind the holiday. The first part of this passage comes from another Columbus passage I wrote, but most of the passage is new information.

The passage is a half sheet, so it will work perfectly to glue sideways into an interactive reading notebook. Once glued into the interactive notebook, students can write their thinking out to the side of the passage. Remember, this is a short close reading type passage that does not touch on every part of Columbus. It gives important information and students will walk away with basic knowledge about the topic.

In addition to the passage, there are three flippable activities (all printed on one sheet) for their notebook. One is on the definition of indigenous, one focuses on their opinion as to whether Columbus should be celebrated, and the other focuses on four comprehension questions related to the text.

In addition to doing this activity as a whole group reading lesson, you could also have students do it during a literacy center. Feel free to use it in your classroom however you would like.

Check out my Christopher Columbus Poster Activity HERE


Take a look at all of my close reading passages and activities by clicking HERE

I also have a bundled pack of ten passages just like this one that you can find HERE. NOTE: The bundle does NOT include this Columbus Day passage, as I wrote it at a later time.

For more creative lesson ideas, click on 'elementary lesson plans' by my picture above.
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