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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

Map, A Map Exhibiting all the New Discoveries..., Aaron Arrowsmith, 1795, UVA

Explore cartography and the exploration of the North American continent. [...] »

Photo, Jefferson's Library, Jane Austen's World: The Library of an 18th Cent ...

This extensive database contains influential documents and literature spanning [...] »

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

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

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

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

Coat of arms, Christopher Columbus, Library of Congress

First-grade teacher Jennifer Orr answers the question, how do you teach when [...] »

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See how much you know about Columbus Day!

Print, The triumph of Christopher Columbus, n.d., Library of Congress

Who else left Europe following the call of wealth, fame, religion, or other [...] »

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

splash image explorations and innovations quiz

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

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