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Global Schools Project



Did Christopher Columbus’ “Discovery” of America Have an Overall Positive or Negative Effect on the World and History?

Katie McHargue

Social Science General, World History, American History,

Grade 09 through 12

Themes: age of exploration, Columbus, discovery, encounter, New World |


Abstract: The objective of this lesson is to provide students with several sources of information with differing perspectives about Columbus’ voyages and the events that transpired. Using this information as support to their arguments, students will evaluate whether they believe Columbus’ “discovery” of America was really a positive or negative event in history.

Curriculum Standards: Culture; Time, Continuity and Change; People, Places and Environment; Global Connections

Geographic Focus: North America

Class Periods*: 3-4

Author: Katie McHargue

Related Files: Lesson Plan | PowerPoint Presentation | Handout 1 | Handout 2 | Handout 3 | Homework Assignment | Download All Files As .ZIP

*based on a 55-minute class period.




Global Schools Project

Global Schools Lesson Plans

Department of Secondary Education

Social Studies Education


Lesson Plans

The following links provide entry to the Lesson Plans developed by the Global Schools Project Fellows. Most all of the plans can be infused into middle or high schools social studies courses to provide interdisciplinary, global education perspectives to your students.

Although categorized by the following headings, many of the lesson plans would meet multiple state or NCSS Thematic standards.




Human Rights

Politics/International Relations

Social Studies General


The lesson plans can be downloaded by going to one of the above areas and selecting the plan.





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