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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

Christopher Columbus, His Own Book of Privileges, 1893, Benjamin Stevens, LoC

The Library of Congress describes "Columbus' Book of Privileges," a bound copy [...] »

Engraving, Horse Racing of Sioux Indians..., 1804-1806, Original Lewis and Clark

Firsthand accounts of exploration range from Viking stories to early 19th- [...] »

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

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

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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. [...] »

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 [...] »

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Quizzes

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? [...] »

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

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