Activity Overview

It is important to confront the history of Columbus and the devastating impact his conquests had on the Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean. With this in mind, introduce students to both the positive effects of the Columbian exchange as well as the negative. Teachers can use primary source accounts (such as the writings of Bartolome de Las Casas, a Spanish priest on Columbus’ journeys, and Columbus’ own diary). History should be studied from different perspectives to produce an accurate account of events that occurred and their impact today. This will help students develop important critical thinking skills.

In this activity, students will create a poster that describes the life and accomplishments of Christopher Columbus and includes the impact he had on the Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean. They should be encouraged to focus more on the latter half of his life and his interactions in the Caribbean rather than his early life.

You can find more poster templates to add to the assignment so students can have a variety to choose from, or they can start from scratch with the poster layout.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Research the life ofColumbus and his impact on the Caribbean people. Create a poster to show what you've learned.

Student Instructions:

  1. Using school resources, conduct research on Columbus and his four journeys to the Caribbean including his impact on the Indigenous people living there.
  2. Using one of the History Poster templates, create a poster that describes Columbus’ accomplishments as well as the negative impact he had on the people of the Caribbean.

Requirements: Include name, birth and death dates, impact on society, and any other information you think is important.

Lesson Plan Reference


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Poster Rubric
Create an eye-catching, creative poster to demonstrate your understanding! These can be hung around the class or presented digitally!
33 Points
22 Points
Needs Improvement
11 Points
The text on the poster includes important facts, is accurate and is pertinent to the topic demonstrating a solid understanding of the subject.
The text on the poster includes some important facts, is mostly accurate and is pertinent to the topic demonstrating an emerging understanding of the subject.
The text on the poster does not include enough important facts. The information is not accurate or is not pertinent to the topic.
Artistic Depictions
The art chosen enhances the poster by symbolizing or illustrating important facts. Time and care is taken to ensure that the design is neat, eye-catching, and creative.
The art chosen is mostly accurate, but there may be some liberties taken that distract from the assignment. The design constructions are neat, and meet basic expectations.
The art chosen is too limited. The design appears rushed and incomplete.
English Conventions
Ideas are organized. There are few or no grammatical, mechanical, or spelling errors.
Ideas are mostly organized. There are some grammatical, mechanical, or spelling errors.
Storyboard text is difficult to understand.

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