Columbus Day Reflection

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Students will look at text from multiple perspectives regarding Native American and non- native interaction in the past. In doing so, students evaluate how history changes based on who tells you it by analyzing different accounts in history. Procedure: Day 1: The lesson will begin by having a class discussion and completing a word web. On the board there will be the phrase “Settlers thoughts on Native Americans” and then as a class we will brainstorm the different words that go with this. Then we will discuss how we know that white settlers thought these things, what stories, reading and propaganda have we looked at. This activity should take thirty to forty minutes to complete. From there the remaining time will discuss how literature plays a role in giving different, and often time biased accounts, in history. To close the lesson students will be asked to answer the following question to turn in at the end of class. “Are biases in literature still used today, and why do you think this? Please give at least one example to…show more content…
The purpose of this part of the lesson is for students to realize that though something may seem harmless to one person can be painful and inaccurate account of the past for someone else. Students will then discuss the possibilities for a solution; do they think Columbus Day should stay, should we get rid of it, alter it, and who should be involved in making this decision? The goal is to get students thinking about social action in their community and ways they can make an impact. This activity will take forty minutes to complete. In the remaining ten minutes of class students will write a paragraph about their opinion on Columbus Day or other issues brought up in class, which will be turned in at the end of class. The only requirement for this will be for students to back up their ideas with evidence from the readings and
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