Christopher Columbus Commemorative Coin
Main Subject Area: Language Arts
Additional Subjects: Social Studies
Duration of Lesson: 45 minutes
Additional Subject Area Standard(s):
Students will write a persuasive paper to support an opinion.
Description of Columbus Coins -
Links to sites about Columbus -
Coins Used in Lesson:
Grade Level(s): 6-8
2. Introduce the students to the United States Mint’s practice of creating coins that commemorate important historical figures. Explain that they will “act as if” they are the committee researching Christopher Columbus to recommend if he should be recognized with a commemorative coin.
3. Divide class into groups of 5 or 6 students.
4. Instruct the students to research all sides of any controversy they discover and prepare a written summary for each side using supporting research (note: they may only be able to find speculative materials and not real factual “support” ) for each side.
5. As a group the students must decide to recommend or not recommend the creation of a Christopher Columbus Commemorative Coin.
6. Each group will develop a written report present their final recommendation to the class in the form of a written report that will include the major reasons and support for why they made their decision.
7. The groups will each share their reports with the rest of the class and should be prepared to answer questions from the class about their final decision.
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