Why Do We (Still) Celebrate Columbus Day?

What are we really celebrating on Columbus Day? The resource explores the narrative behind Columbus Day and ways for people to change the perception. Scholars also review vocabulary terms associated with the topic and how attitudes have changed over time. To gain a better understanding, academics read newspaper articles, watch a video, participate in group discussion, and fill out a graphic organizer to understand how to change Columbus Day to celebrate indigenous people. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Discuss how communities celebrate local Indigenous tribes
  • Celebrate Indigenous People's Day, the second Monday in October, as a class
Classroom Considerations
  • The topic of inequality for indigenous people may be a sensitive subject for some individuals 
Pros
  • The resource provides extension activities to reinforce the themes of the lesson 
  • Material prompts a discussion on equality 
Cons
  • None
Common Core