Innovative
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Center Focus

Different Perspectives on Columbus

  1. You will need to provide picture books, magazine articles, excerpts from "adult" books, and other reading materials about Columbus illustrating many different views of this man's character and effects of his travels.
  2. Have your students create a simple chart where they can directly compare good things said about Columbus versus bad things.
  3. After they have compared the writings, they should make a conclusion about the general consensus of the authors. They should take into consideration the background of the authors and how this may have affected their opinions about Columbus.

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