December

The “Christopher Columbus” Debate – Hero or Villain?

 

READ the following articles and decide for YOURSELF how you feel.  Write a paragraph defending your opinion and give at least 2 VALID reasons for your opinion.  Start with a topic sentence that states your opinion, give 2 reasons which support your opinion, and end with a conclusion statement.  Type your paragraph in a WORD document and SAVE to your “H” drive under the title:  Columbus

Article - He's the Explorer/Exploiter You Just Have to Love/Hate

http://www.nytimes.com/1992/10/12/us/he-s-the-explorer-exploiter-you-just-have-to-love-hate.html

 

Editorial – Christopher Columbus’ accomplishments need not be overshadowed by his role in promoting slavery

http://articles.courant.com/2013-10-11/news/hc-ed-on-columbus-day-celebrate-explorer-accomplis-20131011_1_christopher-columbus-bold-explorer-western-hemisphere

 

Editorial – Columbus the Exploiter Should be Remembered

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/252439/CHRISTOPHER-COLUMBUS---HERO-OR-EXPLOITER.html?pg=all

 

10 Facts about Columbus you may not know

http://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-christopher-columbus   

Cast your Vote:

http://www.debate.org/opinions/should-christopher-columbus-be-considered-a-hero

Christopher Columbus:  Hero or Villain?

http://www.biography.com/news/christopher-columbus-day-facts

Columbus Day 2014 – Hero, Villain, or Maybe Both

http://abcnews.go.com/US/columbus-day-2014-hero-villain/story?id=26108367

Writing Your Opinion Essay

Prompt:  Do you think Christopher Columbus was a hero or a villain?

Sentence 1:  Your TOPIC SENTENCE.  State your opinion clearly.

Sentence 2: CONCRETE DETAIL #1  This sentence is your first fact that supports your topic sentence. Do not write any of your own opinions here.

Sentence 3:  COMMENT #1  Write your specific thought, feeling, emotion (opinion) that supports Concrete Detail #1. 

Sentence 4:  COMMENT #2  Write another personal thought, feeling, emotion (opinion) that also supports Concrete Detail #1.

Sentence 5:  CONCRETE DETAIL #2  This sentence is your second fact that supports your topic sentence. Do not write any of your own opinions here.

Sentence 6:  COMMENT #2  Write your specific thought, feeling, emotion (opinion) that supports Concrete Detail #2. 

Sentence 7: COMMENT #2  Write another personal thought, feeling, emotion (opinion) that also supports Concrete Detail #2.

Sentence 8:  CONCLUSION:  Say your topic sentence in a new and fresh way. 

EXAMPLE COLUMBUS ESSAYS 

ESSAY #1

          In my opinion, Christopher Columbus was a hero.  He opened up the ‘New World’ for trade with Europe.   He didn’t actually discover the New World because there were people who were already here, but he was brave enough to sail into uncharted and unknown waters to fulfill his dream.  This took lots of courage because no one had done it before.  He also helped prove that the world was round, and not flat.  Even though many people believed this to be true, Columbus was actually willing to risk his own life to prove it.  I think this makes him a true hero to lead his men into the unknown.  Because Columbus explored by sailing to the Americas, I think he can be called a hero. 

      

ESSAY #2 

In my opinion, Christopher Columbus was a villain.  He exploited the native peoples that he found on the islands where he landed.  He took many of the ‘Indians’ back to Europe with him and sold them as slaves.  His men made the people work to find gold for them.   He had wrong intentions in beginning his voyage in the first place.  He really left to find gold and riches which would make him wealthy and famous.  He didn’t even know where he was.  He thought he was in India.  He is a villain because of the hardships he caused the native people and should not be glorified for his actions. 

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