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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 [...] »

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

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

Photo, DSC_0183, Aug. 23, 2011, bobosh_t, Flickr

Charles Mann argues that the Americas had actually been heavily populated and [...] »

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Teaching Resources

Guide students in analyzing European exploration

Photo, globes, December 30, 2005, tuppus, Flickr

Historical thinking forces students to confront the uncertain status of [...] »

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? [...] »

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See how much you know about Columbus Day!

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? [...] »

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

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