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Chapter 1 Skill/Project


Lesson Plan: Columbus - Hero or Villain?


  • Understand the contributions of Christopher Columbus and his discovery of the New World
  • Gain an appreciation of the impact that European exploration had on the world
  • Identify cause and effect relationships and their global impact and often unintended consequences
  • Be able to explain how Columbus is viewed by different generations
  • Learn the significance of the major federal holidays in the United States
  • Identify the importance of the Columbian Exposition of 1893
  • Be able to explain the impact of disease on Native American populations


  • Student Handouts — "Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain?" "Federal Holidays" and "Smallpox and Disease"
  • PowerPoint Presentation on Seeds of Change
  • Herman Viola article from the Magazine of History, Vol.5 #4, pp. 31-32.
  • DVD copy of "War of the Worlds." War of the Worlds 1953 DVD; Remake of War of the Worlds 2005.
  • (Optional) Select a scene from the DVD “The New World” showing Anglo-Indian encounters.