Research Discovery Guide: Columbus - Blackbird & Company
Explore the D'Aulaire classics and be duly inspired by larger-than-life people who impacted the shaping of America. In 5 short weeks, Blackbird & Company guides will
walk upper elementary and middle school (grades 4-8) writers through
the process of composing an original biographical essay. Weeks 1 - 3
activities introduce a rich
vocabulary to describe the character traits exemplified by these
historical figures, provide observation questions designed to help
students extract details that matter, and equip students with the
scaffolding that enables them to craft one body paragraph that will
later become part of the culminating essay. During week 4 students craft
a simple introduction and conclusion, put the components together, and,
viola, an essay! There is a fifth week creative project, of course,
that offers directives to tap into the student's imagination.
Join the greatest mariner that ever lived.
Learn many little-known facts not generally included in the typical
biographies of Columbus. Learn that it was the saga of Leif Erickson
that was one of the inspirations for Columbus's voyage to the East.
Columbus was such a skilled astronomer that he knew the exact date when
the next eclipse of the moon was and used that knowledge to his
advantage. Also learn that though "Columbus was a great man, he was not a
modest man. He wanted too much, and so he did not get enough" (54).