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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 »

Learning Resources

Learn about global contact and its impact

Photo, DSC_0183, Aug. 23, 2011, bobosh_t, Flickr

Charles Mann argues that the Americas had actually been heavily populated and [...] »

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

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

Image of Viking ship

Explore the world of the Vikings—the first European explorers of the [...] »

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Teaching Resources

Guide students in analyzing European exploration

Photo, globes, December 30, 2005, tuppus, Flickr

Historical thinking forces students to confront the uncertain status of [...] »

Photo, Sail Away, June 6, 2009, M.V. Jantzen, Flickr

Come Columbus Day, DC 8th-grade teacher Amy Trenkle introduces her class to the [...] »

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? [...] »

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See how much you know about Columbus Day!

splash image explorations and innovations quiz

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

Print, "Christopher Columbus," New York Public Library Digital Gallery

In 1492, what did Columbus really do? [...] »

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

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