Teacher’s Talk: Age of Exploration, Monday – Week 2

Monday, our class consisted of a spirited debate about whether Christopher Columbus was a villain or a hero.  Students brought many good points to the debate through research, including his courage, starting the movement to the “New World”, disease, and slavery. Through their research, students learned more about the details of Columbus’ journeys and interactions with the natives.

Tuesday, we are moving to trade and mercantilism, which came as a result of travels between the “New” and “Old” worlds. Students will use a role-playing game to draw conclusions about the positive and negative results of mercantilism. It should be a fun and competitive day!