Center Focus

European vs. Taino

  1. Have your students read Encounter by Jane Yolen. This book is written from the perspective of a young Taino boy on the island where Christopher Colombus and his crew landed.
  2. Have them compare this story with the typical Christopher Colombus stories from a "white man's" view point. You may want to provide a few of these more common stories - there are many.
  3. Your students should write down differences between these two viewpoints.
  4. After your whole class has visited this center, you should have a class discussion about differing view points and discuss how important it is to get both sides of the story.

More Center Focus Ideas

Cinderella, Cinderella
Historical Trivia
Picture Frames
Number Relationships
All About Easter
Know Your Presidents
Celsius versus Fahrenheit
What’s Your Valentine Worth?
Favorite Olympic Athlete
Back to Back
Area and Perimeter of Olympic Rings
Egg Volume
Famous Places Wall
Distances Traveled
Poetry vs. Prose
Spring Into Science
Leaf Estimation
The Real Reason
American Anthems
Melting Ice
Toothpick Sculptures
Color Pastel Classmates
Copying the Masters
Grateful for Acrostic
Moon Months
Exaggeration In Stories
Travel Brochure
Sponge Observation
What Do You Picture
Write the Words
New Year’s Resolutions
Valentine Flower Pots
Trefoil Observation
Where Is This?
Animal Alphabetizing
Compare Hair
Discovering the Area of Triangles
Height of a Tree
Corn on the Cob
How Long Would It Take?
A to Z
Alphabetizing Mania!
Picture Poems
Bottle Flutes
If the Earth Were Flat
Sand Separation
Aluminum Boat Contest