ERIC Number: ED316463
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching about the Voyages of Columbus: A Turning Point in World History. Six Lessons for Secondary United States History Classes.
Backler, Alan L.; And Others
Designed to complement the traditional textbook treatment of Columbus, the lessons in this packet utilize recent research, primary sources, and active student involvement. The first two lessons, "Columbus: The Man and the Myth" and "Columbus and the Known World: How Much Did He Really Know?," (D. Beal) provide students with opportunities to learn about Columbus as a person and dispel the commonly-held view that everyone in 1492 believed the world was flat. "Who Discovered America?" (C. Risinger) uses cooperative learning techniques to teach about other explorers who preceded Columbus and why his voyage receives the most attention. "A Mystery in History" (E. Holt) examines the current debate about the actual site where Columbus landed on October 12, 1492. The second Holt lesson,"Columbus and the New World: Through European Eyes," examines the persistence of ethnocentrism when two different cultures are brought together. "The Ecological Consequence of 1492" (A. Backler) focuses instruction on the ecological impact for North America of the linking of the Old and New Worlds that began with Columbus's voyages. All of the lessons include student objectives and instructional procedures. Most have student worksheets, readings, maps, or other materials to assist in lesson implementation. All materials can be duplicated for classroom use. Teachers are urged to adapt and modify the lessons to fit specific curriculum or student needs. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Indiana Humanities Council, Indianapolis.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Social Studies Development Center.; Indiana Council for the Social Studies, Bloomington.