History vs. Christopher Columbus

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Intrepid explorer or ruthless exploiter? This is the perfect video to accompany the observation of Columbus Day in your class, as well as in considering whether Christopher Columbus should or should not be credited with the discovery of America.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • There is a nice opportunity early in the video to briefly explain the concept of federalism in connection to why some states do not celebrate Columbus Day
  • Immediately after the video has concluded, have class members pair up and repeat as many of the arguments they heard in the video as they can remember to encourage greater memory retention
  • Consider using this video as a chance to discuss the importance of historical perspective
Classroom Considerations
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Includes explanation of the establishment of Columbus Day as a national holiday
  • Clearly articulates arguments for and against recognition of Columbus Day
  • Engaging graphics and animations
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