Center Focus

Discoverer of America?

  1. Your students will need to be familiar with Christopher Columbus and his four major voyages. They should also understand the situation he and other explorers found themselves in the Age of Exploration.
  2. Have them respond to the following question as an opinion or editorial writing assignment:

    Why is Christopher Columbus considered to have discovered America? Do you think he discovered America?

  3. They should go through the writing process when responding to this question.
  4. Have your students share these with the class.

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