Christopher Columbus is a controversial historical figure in history. Some call him a murderer, while others view him as a heroic explorer. In this activity, students will be exposed to several resources that present these varied perspectives on Columbus, and draw their own conclusions about whether or not the United States should celebrate Columbus Day. This activity targets key historical skills by encouraging them to consider the validity of sources, develop an argument, and use evidence to support their argument. Most importantly, students are put in the driver's seat of history and get to draw their own opinions!
This resource packet includes:
• Step-by-step guide for using this resource
Step One: Activity Opener
Step Two: Multiple Perspectives on Columbus
Step Three: Students form and write about their opinions
on whether or not the United States should celebrate
• Links to articles and resources of varied levels of difficulty
presenting varied arguments about Columbus
• Graphic organizer to accompany these articles and resources
• Student-ready assignment description for “Should the United
States Celebrate Columbus Day?”
• Graphic organizer to help students develop their arguments
• Easy to use rubric
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