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K-12 Outreach: Lesson Plans

Rethinking Columbus

Rethinking ColumbusThe Rethinking Columbus curriculum encourages teachers to reconsider the traditional or standard story/history of Christopher Columbus, and the ramifications that Columbus' explorations had on the Americas and its people. The teacher resource book Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years (Rethinking Schools, Ltd, 1998) was the foundational influence behind the curriculum. Many of the activities are taken directly from that book or are expansions of topics discussed in it. The curriculum is designed so that all of the activities can be used in their entirety, or teachers can pick and choose the activities that best meet the needs of their curriculum and students. The majority of the activities can be adapted so that they can be used for all ages. The materials were produced for the first "Rethinking Columbus" workshop held by the LAII in Fall 2011.


The complete guide is available for download or preview. We have also separated the individual lessons plans (below) for quick reference.

Workshop Photos

When possible, we acknowledge the participants of our professional development workshops by documenting and sharing photos afterwards. Below is a slide show of a few images from one of the several workshops in which we've focused on indigenous histories of Latin America and the United States.

Image Citations

Photographs above (top to bottom) provided courtesy CC © of Franco Folini; Franco Folini; Michael W. Freem; Ingrid Truemper; Metro Centric.