Innovative
Classroom

Center Focus

Political Debate about Celebration of Columbus Day

  1. This is an excellent activity for high school students. It could be done with younger students on more general basis.
  2. Your students will need to be familiar with some of the arguments regarding Columbus' "discovery" of America. They will need to do research as necessary to develop an opinion and counter arguments.
  3. At the center they will work with one other student in a "Firing Line"-style debate where they will argue a European vs. Latino or Native American viewpoint of the coming of Columbus. They may both have the same opinion, but one will need to argue each side. They can work together to develop the arguments.
  4. After students have had time to develop both sides of the argument in their center, randomly call 2 students to debate in front of the class. Make sure to give everyone a chance.

More Center Focus Ideas

Mold Observation
Spinner Probability
National Olympic Trends
Shapes and Angles
Haikon Mosaics
Flannel Board Phonics
Chinese Symbols
Back to Back
Valentine Placemats
What Weighs More?
How Many Squares?
Columbus Portraits
Thanksgiving Quilt
Oil Pastel Fruit
Student Editorial
Limericks
The Stars and Stripes
American Anthems
Beast Feast
Potato Latkes
Bean Bag Throw-and-Catch
Matching Animals To Their Names
Where Did the Easter Bunny Come From?
Presidential Fractions
Story Problems
Twelves
Easter Egg Contest
Thumbprints
Time Capsule Diorama
The Mayflower Voyage
Fact and Opinion
Broken Ruler
Pumpkin Puffs
Historical Trivia
Spin-and-Spell
Paint by Title
Celsius versus Fahrenheit
Sand Painting
Word Association
Inch By Inch Map
How fast Can You Run?
Non-fiction Poetry
The Color Mix-Up
Halloween Word Search
Trefoil Observation
Election 2000
Moon Months
Color Pastel Classmates
Length of Foot vs. Height
Speech Writing