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Christopher Columbus is one of the most controversial figures in history.  By some, he is viewed as a grand explorer who opened up new areas for European conquest and profit.  But by others, he is viewed as a butcher, who brought disease, and who's actions began the destruction of an entire continent's population.  This lesson will show you two different views of Columbus so that you can draw your own conclusions about whether we should celebrate Columbus or not.
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High School
Grade 10, Grade 11
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iantha Alexander
on Oct 25, 08:59pm Evaluation

Quality of Explanation of the Subject Matter: Strong (2)

The resources linked are explained to be used as sources to refer to to provide support to argument.

B Manker
on Feb 26, 11:31pm Evaluation

Quality of Explanation of the Subject Matter: Superior (3)

If possible, primary documents would provide a powerful addition to this lesson. Although more could possibly be added, the provided resources are excellent at providing two perspectives of Columbus.

B Manker
on Feb 26, 11:31pm Evaluation

Quality of Assessments: Limited (1)

An introductory exercise during which students share their knowledge/impressions of Columbus would be valuable.

B Manker on Feb 26, 10:51pm

The rubric Statement of Position asks students to support that Columbus should have a holiday (along with the first resource), but the rest of the lesson focuses on whether he was a hero or villain (just a minor discrepancy).



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