Who Was Christopher Columbus?

This Who Was Christopher Columbus? lesson plan also includes:

Does Christopher Columbus deserve credit for "discovering" America? What was the impact of the Age of Exploration on native peoples? 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • As an extension project, have class members research the various alternatives offered in the PowerPoint of who could be credited as "discovering" America
  • Don't miss the excellent idea for a culminating assignment included in the resource, whereby students create a poster (e.g. "The Two Sides of Christopher Columbus") illustrating the controversy over his impact
Pros

  • Very well-designed instructional Powerpoint presentation
  • Engaging warm-up activity whereby learners arrange objects in the room in order to illustrate the concept of power
  • Reviews important historical key terms, such as the Age of Exploration, conquistador, and Columbian Exchange
Cons

  • None