Columbus Day, Grades 9-12
Lessons, Activities, and Other Resources Present a Range Of Opinions on Christopher Columbus
- 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.”
- 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.
- Tools of Navigation
(Grades 5-12) Learn about the tools used by early navigators.
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.
- Columbus Day
Eleven short videos from History.com.
- Mel-O-Toons: Christopher Columbus (5:30)
A 1960 production. Compare this 50 year old educational video with today’s.
last updated: September 13, 2015