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