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Unit | Who Was Columbus?
| Mapping | Columbian
Event for Entire Unit:
for pictures of Christopher Columbus
ask students (individually or in small groups)
to search for alternate images of Christopher Columbus.Assign
a different search engine for each group of students:
Print the pictures the students find for a Columbus Gallery
and hang them on the wall.
Ask students to choose the most ‘correct’ representation
of Columbus and justify why they chose that representation.
Compare choices and discuss student reasons for their choices.
1: Who was Christopher Columbus?
students have researched and written their biographies of Christopher
Columbus have them refer to these and other encyclopedia biographies
their biographies leave out about the life of Christopher Columbus?
are the similarities presented in the articles on Columbus?
2: Historical Maps as Window into the Past
as these maps evolved, have the students create a series of maps
to their house from school.
students to draw a map to their home using streets but include
no street names and no labels and no cardinal directions.
students to share the map with another student and solicit suggestions
on how the maps could be improved.
students to change the map by adding all the suggestions.
students to share the map with a different student this time,
and ask for more suggestions on how to improve it.
students to complete the map, adding all suggestions.
students to reflect in writing on their thoughts on the final
the suggestions helpful or hurtful?
do you think so?
did the students suggest what they did?
students to defend or refute these statements:
is a reflection of the person who made the map.
cartographer actually creates the world.
cartographer creates a map for political purposes.
3: The Columbian Exchange
are some suggestions for mock trials (or persuasive essays):
are charged with the malicious
transfer of an addictive substance across
Defend your introduction of coffee into America.
for caffeine addiction (or use a search engine to search for
are charged with animal abuse
because of your introduction of the chicken to the New World.
Defend yourself against this charge.
for chicken farming (or use a search engine to search for "chicken
are charged with murder
because your introduction of smallpox into the New World caused
the death of 60% of the native population in a certain village.
Defend yourself against the murder charges and clear your name.
for spread of infectious diseases in the New World (or use
a search engine to search for "smallpox"):