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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

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

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

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. [...] »

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Teaching Resources

Guide students in analyzing European exploration

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? [...] »

Map, Chinese map of the world, discovered by Lui Gang in 2005, 1763, Wikipedia

Did the Chinese discover America before Columbus? How would or does this impact [...] »

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 [...] »

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

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

splash image explorations and innovations quiz

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

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