When students are given the gift of a three-day weekend, it’s always fun to make sure they know why they’re getting that extra day off. Surprise your students with a pop quiz, and a reminder of the great service each of our presidents provided for our country. Grab your free, editable quiz here.
History is study of the past so that one can learn about their position in the present. In other words, “How did I get here?” In order to understand how a person has arrived in the place and setting that they are in, it is important to learn about the events and situations that have shaped and influenced our community, society, and human condition.
If you have the responsibility of teaching about Columbus, you need to be aware there’s more to the story than three ships and 1492. If your picture of Columbus is still the noble explorer, nothing will take the wind out of your sails like the article from Reuters describing the mock trial by Honduran Indians, charging Columbus with genocide and robbery.