Teaching Perspective in the Social Studies Classroom

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How would the story of the discovery of America be different if indigenous people told it through their eyes? Individuals compare the conventional account of this moment in history to an account given by one of the native peoples. After they are done, class members process the ideas creating two-voice poems.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Compare the textbook's description of Columbus' voyage to the Caribbean to a story written from the perspective of a Native American girl
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a background in Christopher Columbus or the Columbia Exchange prior to using the resource
  • Teacher needs access to the texts mentioned in the lesson
Pros
  • Resource includes helpful links, including instructions on how to write a two-voice poem
  • Lesson encourages and develops critical thinking and literacy skills
Cons
  • None