Inquiry Design Model (IDM) Blueprint™
Columbus Lost?
NDNAEU 2 “Learning & Storytelling”
Compelling QuestionWas Christopher Columbus actually lost? 
Standards and PracticesH.K_2.5 Explain how individuals and groups have made significant historical changes.
H.3_5.4 Analyze national holidays or days of observance in the United State and explain how they impact culture.
Staging the QuestionChristopher Columbus traveled a long way to get to his described New World. What do you think he thought when he arrived on a land that he mistook for another? What can we find out and determine? 
Supporting Question 1 Supporting Question 2 Supporting Question 3 
Who was Christopher Columbus? What purpose did Christopher Columbus serve coming from Europe? Did Christopher Columbus carry out his mission and what happened from that point? 
Formative Performance TaskFormative Performance TaskFormative Performance Task
What do your current students already know about Christopher Columbus in a general classroom discussion?
Share your research findings as a teacher and create a biography of Christopher Columbus of who he was and who he became. Share with the class.
Have classroom students draw a picture depicting what they know about Christopher Columbus and how he might have appeared when he arrived. Share with the class what history has told about Christopher Columbus and what research has uncovered about the real truth behind his exploratory exploits. Be careful not to go into too much graphic detail. Use professional discretion, but don’t sugar coat the truth, or the way history has depicted Columbus. 
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SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: Supported Claim (written/spoken) or Demonstration of Process (project-based)Discuss the various issues that the Columbus legacy brings about. Have the students who believe he was a hero and the students who believe he was something else debate their reasons why they feel the way they feel about Columbus and his exploits. What did Columbus really contribute to the American way of life? What can be credited to him? 
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: ExtensionDid Christopher Columbus achieve his goals and mission? How do our school textbooks continue to portray Columbus? 
Taking Informed Action / Real World ApplicationWhy do we consider Columbus Day a holiday in the United States?
What states in America no longer recognize Columbus Day as a holiday?
Do you feel North Dakota should continue to celebrate Columbus Day?
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