Thursday, September 29, 2016

Columbus Day Resources

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Columbus Day is coming up, which will be observed on October 12 this year. This is a great time to discuss These contributions, both positive and negative, are collectively referred to as “The Columbian Exchange” by many textbooks. The National Humanities Center has an excellent essay on the Columbian Exchange, with teaching suggestions.
Classroom research and debate over this often-controversial topic are a common activity:
  • Should we observe the accomplishments of a man who might be considered one of the most successful failures in world history? After all, he never did reach the <East> Indies at all.
  • Should we celebrate the man responsible for bringing slavery and diseases that are responsible for wiping out millions of Native Americans in North and South America?
  • Is it appropriate to lay the blame of genocide, accidental or otherwise, which undeniably followed as a part of the Columbian Exchange, on the shoulders of this one man? Was it instead the entire European society during the Age of Discovery that should bear this responsibility?

I spent a little time today looking for Columbus Day teaching and learning activities that might incorporate technology as well. Many would help set up a lively debate amongst your students, expand their world-view, and help them participate in a discussion about global citizenship.

Here are just a few ideas:

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