Columbus Day 2011
The Columbus Day holiday presents an opportunity to discuss and explore information related to colonization and colonialism and to examine what we know about history. Some of the questions you can discuss related to the Columbus Day theme include:
How do we know about Columbus's voyages?
About the man himself?
About the lands and peoples he encountered?
What primary sources passed this information down to the present day, and who created them?
What information and viewpoints are missing?
How have views of Columbus and his voyage changed over time?
What materials record those changing views?
When was Columbus Day first celebrated as a holiday?
questions gathered from Teaching History: Columbus Day
Teaching History: Columbus Day
Scholastic: Columbus Day