AP Lang: Columbus Trial, Day 2

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 and debate the information presented.

Opening Session
Write a paragraph recapping the information we read and discussed yesterday, then turn and share with a partner.

Work Session
Today we’re going to get into 5 groups, and I’ll give each group an indictment. The indictment will detail why someone is responsible for the deaths of the Taino people. Your responsibility (with your group) is twofold: You should defend yourself against the accusations, AND you should explain who you think is really responsible and why. You can choose to plead guilty, but you can’t be solely responsible – you have to accuse at least one other person.

I’ll give everyone about ten or fifteen minutes to formulate their arguments, and then you will need to convince your classmates in a debate!
After everyone has had a chance to say their piece, accuse their friends, and defend themselves, we will determine as a class who ultimately should be held responsible.

Closing Session
Revisit the paragraph we wrote earlier and revise it with whom you believe should be held responsible.

Assessment Strategies
Summative (Paragraphs); Formative (Class Debate)

Differentiation
Process (Scaffolding, learning styles)

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