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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

John White. Americæ pars, nunc Virginia dicta. [Frankfurt am Main]

Enjoy this sneak peek at the Mellon Collection of Virginia history. [...] »

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

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

Christopher Columbus, His Own Book of Privileges, 1893, Benjamin Stevens, LoC

The Library of Congress describes "Columbus' Book of Privileges," a bound copy [...] »

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

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

Poster, Knights of Columbus, William Balfour Ker, 1917, Library of Congress

Will the REAL Cristoforo Colombo please stand up. [...] »

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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 [...] »

Christopher Columbus—a legend without a face? Answer these questions [...] »

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

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

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