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Columbus Day, Grades 9-12

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

Social Studies, Language Arts, Science, Grades 9-12

Lesson Plans

Additional Lessons

  • The Round Earth and Christopher Columbus
    Grades 9-12 undertake a historical review, starting with the existence of the horizon at sea, proceeding to various studies of the Earth's size and shape, and leading to the attempt by Columbus to reach India by sailing westward. This lesson, part of an astronomy course, touches on Newtonian mechanics and spaceflight.

Background Resources

Biographical Information

Contact with Indigenous Peoples

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



When Worlds Collide: (1:26:36)
The story of the Americas after Columbus.

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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