Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 6 pages.
How to engage students in a critical analysis of the textbook version of “discovery.”
Teaching Guide. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 15 pages.
Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 1 of “Voices of a People’s History of the United States” on Columbus’ arrival in the “New World,” and the contrasting accounts of Bartolome de Las Casas and Eduardo Galeano.
Book – Non-fiction. By Charles C. Mann. 2009. 128 pages. An illustrated book for young readers based on “1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus.”Read more »
Book – Non-fiction. By Susan Gage. 1991. 51 pages. Graphic/comic book tackles history of colonialism in the Americas.Read more »
Book – Non-fiction. By Hans Koning. Afterword by Bill Bigelow. 1976. 141 pages.
A biography for all ages that gives a true account of Columbus’ life and voyages.
Book – Fiction. By Margarita Engle. 2011. 160 pages.
Historical fiction in the form of poetry about the conquest and resistance.
Profile. By William Loren Katz.
Hatuey was a freedom fighter in the early 1500s who mobilized Caribbean islanders against invasion, theft, and murder by European conquistadors.
Film clip. Bartolome de las Casas’ “Devastation of the Indies: A Brief Account” (1542) read by John Sayles, Viggo Mortensen, and Staceyann Chin. From Voices of a People’s History of the United States.Read more »
Film. Directed by Icíar Bollaín and written by Paul Laverty. 2010. 103 minutes.
As a crew shoots a film about Columbus’ genocide, local people in Cochabamba, Bolivia rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.
Poster and booklet. By James W. Loewen. 2006. Booklet, 48 pp. and 32.5″ x 21″ poster. Graphic corrective to the Columbus story told in many American classrooms.Read more »
Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 8 pages.
Role play in the form of a trial to determine who is responsible for the death of millions of Tainos on the island of Hispaniola in the late 15th century.
Teaching Guide. Edited by Gioconda Belli, et al. 1992. 104 pages.
Bilingual collection of short stories, essays, poetry, folktales, and songs on conquest and resistance from Latin America and the Caribbean.
Teaching Guide. Edited by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson. 2003. 192 pages.
Readings and lessons for pre-K to 12 about the impact and legacy of the arrival of Columbus in the Americas. Published by Rethinking Schools.