You've Been Lied To: The REAL Christopher Columbus

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Looking for resources that explore alternative perspectives of the Christopher Columbus story? Check out the images, videos, cartoons, primary source documents, and other texts in a packet designed to spark debate.        

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Divide the class into groups, provide each with a different history text, have them analyze how Columbus is depicted, and report their findings to the class
  • Show the videos in full-screen mode to block inappropriate comments
Classroom Considerations

  • The resource has a very defined point of view; preview the entire packet and select those materials appropriate for your learning situation
  • The very graphic nature of the first image is designed to shock class members into reconsidering their view of Columbus 
  • Includes excerpts from Howard Zinn's A Young People’s History of the United States
Pros

  • The 69-page packet includes a table of contents that makes it easy to find specific resources
  • Also included are suggestions for teachers for how to use the materials, for activities, and for support for struggling students
Cons

  • None