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Should Columbus Day be replaced by Indigenous Peoples' Day? - Civil Discourse for Classrooms

Grade Level Grades 6-12
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Thinkalong.org is a free, evidence-based interactive tool for students to develop media literacy skills by applying the 5 Key Questions of Media Literacy to public media content. Importantly, the tool does not require registration for teachers or students, abides by student privacy laws, and is advised by a board of both youth and educators.

Each module consists of:

  • a compelling and timely question;
  • related current and age-appropriate public media content including audio, video, and text;
  • extension resources for advanced or highly-interested students;
  • student graphic organizers;
  • a simple debate tool;
  • a teacher's guide to the module;
  • and a guide to the 5 Key Questions of Media Literacy.

This Teacher's Guide supports the Should Columbus Day be replaced by Indigenous Peoples' Day? module on thinkalong.org. Here is the full module and below is a summary.

Since Congress first designated in 1934, the United States has observed Columbus Day as a national holiday. In recent years, there has been a growing movement to instead celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day on the second Monday in October to acknowledge the consequences of colonialism on native populations in the U.S. and around the world. But some groups argue that Columbus Day, regardless of it's namesake's actions, represents a legacy of immigration and acceptance into America. Should we bid bon voyage to Columbus Day?

To use this module with learners in any setting, we recommend using one of the structured discussion formats outlined at thinkalong.org/structuring-discussions. You can find options for a small or large group, so that all students or just a few participate, and examples of some discussion formats.

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