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Columbus Day, Grades 6-8

Lessons, Activities, and Other Resources Present a Range Of Opinions on Christopher Columbus

Found in: Social Studies, Language Arts, Science, Grades 6-8

Lessons & Activities

Lesson Plans

Celebrate Columbus Day!
Students in grades 3-8 learn about Columbus's Book of Privileges and then create a class or individual "Book of Privileges."

Columbus: Hero or Villain?
Students in grades 6-8 analyze a variety of sources in order to determine for themselves whether or not Columbus should be considered a hero or a villain.

Other Worlds: The Voyage of Columbus
Students in grades 9-12 use the Internet to explore the two worlds that made contact when Columbus stepped ashore.

Discovering Poetic Form and Structure Using Concrete Poems
Students in grades 9-12 are introduced to concrete poetry and explore the relationship between the structure and meaning of a poem using the poem “Suppose Columbus.”

Activities

Find Your Longitude (Grades 3-6)

Background Resources

Tools of Navigation (Grades 5-12)
(Grades 5-12) Learn about the tools used by early navigators.

Biographical Information

Contact with Indigenous Peoples

  • 1492: An Ongoing VoyageThe exhibition from the Library of Congress examines the first sustained contacts between American people and European explorers, conquerors and settlers from 1492 to 1600.  

Other

Videos

Christopher Columbus (9:54)
This excerpt from 500 Nations, The Discovery and Arrival of Christopher Columbus explores the clash of cultures between Europeans and the indigenous peoples of America.

last updated: September 13, 2015

 

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