Write a Competing Narrative
Choose one of William Carlos Williams' narratives. Could the events Williams describes have happened any differently? Write a narrative of your own in which you imagine an alternative series of events.
Read Jane Smiley's book, The Greenlanders. Then, review the book for the class, comparing and contrasting Smiley's view of The Greenlanders with Williams' depiction of them.
Letter from a King or Queen
Pretend that you are King Ferdinand or Queen Isabella of Spain and you have just received one of Columbus' letters. Read the letter, and then write a letter in reply.
Mapping the Routes
Make a large map of the Americas, then research the routes traveled by several of the explorers who William Carlos Williams writes about in this book. Mark each explorer's route on your map in a separate color. If possible, hang your map in the classroom to...
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