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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

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

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

Image of Viking ship

Explore the world of the Vikings—the first European explorers of the [...] »

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

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

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, globes, December 30, 2005, tuppus, Flickr

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

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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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