Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-5)
A People’s History of the United States is a nonfiction book by American historian and author Howard Zinn. Originally published in 1980, the book has undergone several revisions and updates. Zinn’s book examines the history of America from the perspective of the common people, and has influenced how history is taught in classrooms today. In this lesson, students will begin Chapter 1’s study by researching and discussing the first voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1942.
Research Activity: Conduct research on Christopher Columbus’s first voyage and the locations in Cuba and Haiti where Columbus explored. Who were the people who inhabited this region? What evidence do we have of their culture, religion, and society?
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, develop a creative project that illustrates and analyzes the origins, history, culture, religion, and society of the Arawak people...
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