This lesson introduces students to the concept of opposing points of view and the importance of evaluating information to determine the author's purpose for writing. Students will understand that some points of view are directly stated in the text while others are implied (inferences must be made). Two Venn diagrams are included (with lines) for students to use in comparing and contrasting the author's points of view in the example, and in two articles which portray Christopher Columbus as a hero (in article #1) or a villain (#2).
Also, a great activity to use on Columbus Day, and easy to follow up with the question: Should we continue to celebrate Columbus Day? Use information from both articles to support your answer.
Has worked out very well with my students, and ignites a bit of controversy over the topic.