Inquiry Design Model (IDM) Blueprint™
NDNAEU 6 “Native Contributions”, NDNAEU 7 “Native Identity”
Compelling QuestionName a figure you would nominate for creating a national holiday after. You must justify your nomination. 
Standards and PracticesUS.6_12.3 Explain the relationship of events focusing on the link(s) between cause and effect.

WH.6_12.6 Explain how past events connect to the present.

ND.6_12.4.6 Use various primary and secondary resources to acquire, analyze, and evaluate information.

WH.6_12.5 Analyze causes and effects of global events in the past using primary and/or secondary sources.

WH.6_12.1-6.E4.3 Explain the social, cultural, or economic changes influenced by globalization.

Staging the QuestionMake a list of current holidays celebrated in the United States. Consider the people/events these holidays are named after. What do these people and events have in common?
Supporting Question 1 Supporting Question 2 Supporting Question 3 
How did the European view of land use and profit differ from that of Native Americans? Which could be argued to be more sustainable?List and Describe the accomplishments of ColumbusHow was the worldview of Las Casas different from the worldview of Columbus?
Formative Performance TaskFormative Performance TaskFormative Performance Task
Research the Encomienda system as used by the Spanish controlled American lands. View the video linked here. Compare and contrast these two views in regard to ecology and land use.
Brainstorm Facts (individually first and then as a group) about all you know about Columbus – include myth as well as reality.

Research and collect 15 significant facts concerning the life of Columbus and Las Casas. Create a Venn diagram representing this information.

Featured SourcesFeatured SourcesFeatured Sources
Encyclopedia, Online Search, History Textbook A People’s History of the United States
In Defense of the Indians
Encyclopedia, Online Research, History Textbook
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: Supported Claim (written/spoken) or Demonstration of Process (project-based)Write a letter to the editor of a local newspaper arguing for a reconsideration of or reaffirmation of Columbus Day.
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: ExtensionCreate awareness of what social justice and institutional racism means for you and the school.

Taking Informed Action / Real World ApplicationBased on your research/learning from this lesson, write a letter to an elected official of your choice in which you offer your support for the continued recognition of Columbus Day or offer reasons to remove it as a holiday. For an alternative to this action, you may compose a similar letter to businesses that offer “Columbus Day” sales.
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