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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 [...] »

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 [...] »

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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 [...] »

Poster, Knights of Columbus, William Balfour Ker, 1917, Library of Congress

Will the REAL Cristoforo Colombo please stand up. [...] »

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!

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? [...] »

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

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

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