Our year begins with a look at point of view as it relates to history. We will also review the first inhabitants of what became the United States.
Native American Life Video 2. emailed to class
Native American Life One Pagers
Our first deep investigation is one that takes an event from 1492 and brings it directly into the lives of Americans today.
We will be investigating the idea of Columbus Day; how it began and why it is now a controversial holiday. You will learn about these events and ideas through a variety of sources and then produce a formal five paragraph essay.
One of the larger ideas is how and why our culture selects it's heros. We will explore this idea through class discussion. Demonstrating your understanding of the idea will be extra credit for 1st Trimester.
Columbus Day Investigation Vocabulary
Use the sources below to learn about Christopher Columbus. Be sure to compare and contrast how he was portrayed in our textbook reading (Ch. 2.2 p. 37-40).
Required SOURCE 1 Ch. 2-2 Guided Reading - Textbook
Required SOURCE 2 Challenging Columbus - Jr. Scholastic
Required SOURCE 3 History.com Two Videos
Required SOURCE 4 Columbus Reconsidered PPT - Class
Required SOURCE 5 Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples' Day? NPR Story
- In the article, also listen to the Words You'll Hear: Indigenous Peoples Day segment.
You must use a minimum of one of the sources below:
SOURCE 6 Why the US Celebrates Columbus Day - Vox Video Design your own graphic organizer
SOURCE 7 Everything You Need to Know About Indigenous Peoples' Day - Article Design your own graphic organizer
SOURCE 8. Christopher Columbus - History.com