Leif Erikson or Columbus: Who Should Get Credit?

Leif Erikson or Columbus: Who Should Get Credit?
Leif Erikson or Columbus: Who Should Get Credit?
Leif Erikson or Columbus: Who Should Get Credit?
Leif Erikson or Columbus: Who Should Get Credit?
Leif Erikson or Columbus: Who Should Get Credit?
Leif Erikson or Columbus: Who Should Get Credit?
Leif Erikson or Columbus: Who Should Get Credit?
Leif Erikson or Columbus: Who Should Get Credit?
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Teaching explorers? Maybe you don't like teaching that Columbus discovered America when it was already discovered. Maybe you think Columbus has become controversial. Then let your students decide! Who Should Get Credit? Leif Erikson or Columbus.

I have updated this lesson to include more specific writing prompts that align with common core. I have also left the original lesson in case you prefer the shorter version.

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The Common Core Aligned Lesson Includes:

  • Two original reading passages
  • Aligned summaries for grades 6 - 8
  • Aligned summaries for grades 9 - 12

The Columbus reading passage has a word count of 516 words. The Erikson reading passage has a word count of 489. Reading these passages in class, having a discussion, and writing the summaries is definitely possible in one class period.


The Original Lesson Includes:

  • Presentation of information
  • Five writing prompt summaries

I left the original lesson in the resource for those that prefer the original. Sometimes shorter is better.

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Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author’s claims.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
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Does not apply
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