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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 »

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Learn about global contact and its impact

The first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the cabinet. 1862

One convenient source for major historical U.S. documents. [...] »

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

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

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

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

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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? [...] »

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 [...] »

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See how much you know about Columbus Day!

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

splash image explorations and innovations quiz

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

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

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

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