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Columbus Day

How do you teach a holiday based on both myth and fact to young students, some of whom are pre-literate? In upper grades, teachers can challenge students with questions about Columbus Day and what it stands for, but what can you do in early elementary classrooms? FIND OUT MORE »

Learning Resources

Learn about global contact and its impact

Ink and wash drawing, Professions of. . . , 1800s, Fray Jeronimo de Alcalo, LoC

Featuring a variety of secondary sources, this website chronicles the history [...] »

Photo, Jefferson's Library, Jane Austen's World: The Library of an 18th Cent ...

This extensive database contains influential documents and literature spanning [...] »

Map, A Map Exhibiting all the New Discoveries..., Aaron Arrowsmith, 1795, UVA

Explore cartography and the exploration of the North American continent. [...] »

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Teaching Resources

Guide students in analyzing European exploration

Coat of arms, Christopher Columbus, Library of Congress

First-grade teacher Jennifer Orr answers the question, how do you teach when [...] »

Photo, Sail Away, June 6, 2009, M.V. Jantzen, Flickr

Come Columbus Day, DC 8th-grade teacher Amy Trenkle introduces her class to the [...] »

Photo, Christopher Columbus Society, 10/12/26, Oct. 12, 1926, LoC

Is Columbus Day just another school day (or day off), or a teachable moment? [...] »

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Quizzes

See how much you know about Columbus Day!

Print, The triumph of Christopher Columbus, n.d., Library of Congress

Who else left Europe following the call of wealth, fame, religion, or other [...] »

splash image explorations and innovations quiz

Crossing vast oceans required specialized tools and knowledge. Discover more [...] »

Print, "Christopher Columbus," New York Public Library Digital Gallery

In 1492, what did Columbus really do? [...] »

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