AP Lang: Columbus Trial, Day 1

Standards
ELAGSE11-12RL2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text. Georgia ELA
ELAGSE11-12RI2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text. Georgia ELA
ELAGSE11-12RI3 Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the text. Georgia ELA

Objective
Students will read a new perspective on the arrival of Columbus in 1492 and analyze the information.

Opening Session
We’re going to start out with a KWL Chart! You don’t have to write the chart down, but you certainly can if you’re a note-taking type. We’re going to be writing about Columbus’s arrival in Hispaniola in 1492. Right now, let’s do the Know and the Want-to-know sections of the chart.

Work Session
Today we’re going to be reading a text about the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492 (Columbus sailed the ocean blue…) in Hispaniola. When Columbus arrived, between one and three MILLION Taino people lost their lives. The text we’re reading today will offer a different perspective on the “Sailed the ocean blue” story.

After we have a chance to read, I want everyone to discuss with your tables what we just read. Was anything surprising or shocking? Did you know this information before now? Why do you think you hadn’t learned it before this point?

After we get a chance to discuss with our tables, we’ll open it up to a whole-class discussion.

Closing Session
Let’s end the class by finishing the Learned part of the KWL chart!

Assessment Strategies
Formative (Class discussion)

Differentiation
Process (scaffolding)

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