Columbus Activity

This activity is due at the end of the period!

Guiding Question: Is Columbus a hero worth celebrating? Why or why not?

Directions: read Columbus Article | Columbus Article | and complete part 1 below.

Part 1

On your own notebook paper, answer the following:

  1. According to the article, what are 2 possitive things most people say about Columbus? What does the author have to say about this?
  2. According to the article, what did Columbus really want? The author says "cheddar". What is that?
  3. How does Columbus end his 1492 journal? Look for the quote.
  4. List and explain 5 negative aspects about Columbus from the article.
  5. According to the article, who would be a better choice to honor with a holiday? Why?


Part 2
Analyze Source: Look up the sources (at bottom of article) and answer the following:

  1. Who are the sources cited? Are they experts that you would trust? Why or why not?
  2. Is this article a useful source? Why or why not? How do you know? What makes it believable or not believable as a source?

Part 3
Write one paragraph on back of same notebook paper answering the question:
Should Columbus Day be a national holiday, why or why not?
Use evidence/examples from article to back up your opinion. (at least 3 examples. Explain how these examples back up your main point.

National Holiday = Some businesses closed, possible parades, like Martin Luther King Jr. Day, or President's Day.

Paragraph check list: