Friday, June 23, 2017

Columbus: Hero or Villain

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Christopher Columbus set out to find a passage way to the Indies by going west.  The earth was already believed to be round.  But Columbus theorized that the earth was smaller.  There are many qualities I admire about Columbus--his imagination, drive, exploration, tenacity, perseverance, and his navigation.  He was a navigator, explorer, but not a great leader.  This is a short video from Biography about Columbus.  

As a short exercise, have your students watch this short video.  Have them find the good and the bad of Christopher Columbus, and then write an opinion paragraph on him.  Something really short.  One paragraph.  It would be a great way to start a debate!