Teaching Critical Thinking Creatively
Social Studies – History, Native Americans, U.S. History
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
(1 MB|8 pages)
This lesson provides a fun and educationally structured debate for students to discuss the controversy regarding Columbus Day. I’ve included two readings which provide opposing viewpoints for students to review before they debate, a graphic organizer to help them organize their ideas, an exit ticket for debate day, and a rubric tied with NYS Social Studies Practices and Common Core. This is everything you need to have your students debate an interesting issue in a fun way! You can view more in the preview here.
I just completed this lesson with my students this past week, and they were enthralled! They told me that they had discussions with their parents regarding this topic. At my Open House, I had several parents comment that their children loved this authentic and timely lesson.
The lesson in linked to NYS Social Studies Standards, but you could easily cut and paste in your own standards for your state.
NYS Framework Standards:
7.2a.2 – Students will examine the voyage of Columbus, leading to the Columbian Exchange.
7.2b.c – Students will examine the major reasons Native American societies declined in population and lost land to the Europeans
This zip file includes a PowerPoint version (fully editable), a link to a Google Slides version, and a PDF version.
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