What is the "Columbus Day?" How is it celebrated?


Hello, students! In this week you're going to get to know about something called "Columbus Day." As you may have noticed, it refers to Christopher Columbus, the man who discovered America. But why would anyone celebrate this event? Who would celebrate this event? Is the Columbus Day really necessary? Did Columbus really discover America? What really happenned in 1492?

Let's find out.

For a warm-up, I would like you to watch this short video about the discovery of America.



Done? Great.

Now, after this very general video, I want you (individually or in pairs) to find information about the Columbus Day on-line and present it to the class the next Tuesday (May 4th, 2021).

What do you need to do? You need to make a presentation/a short essay/a short video about celebrating Columbus Day. The software you use is up to you - Powerpoint, Prezi, Microsoft Word, the camera app in your smartphone - choose whatever you want.

What you're going to include is stated in the "Task" section.



Step 1: Learn about the history of the discovery of America

  • When did it happen?
  • Who was Cristopher Columbus?
  • How many times did he travel to America?
  • What were the effects of the discovery?

Step 2: Learn about the Columbus Day

  • When was it first introduced?
  • Who introduced it and why?
  • What nationalities may celebrate it?
  • How is it celebrated and when?

Step 3: Learn about the controversy of the Columbus Day

  • Why is it controversial?
  • Colonialism, slave trade, and racism - are they somehow connected to the discovery of America?
  • What is Indigenious Peoples' Day?
  • Who officially celebrates the Indigenious People's Day?

Step 4: Prepare an essay about the effects of the discovery of N. America with regard to multi-cultural entities and political institutions who have been contributing to forming American society with a selected American politician's comment on the topic (min. 1200 words)

  • Just joking. Don't do this step.


Also, I would like you to include some pictures about Columbus Day (e.g., photos of people celebrating)

Sources you may use:




Don't forget about using a dictionary whenever you like - https://www.diki.pl/

But feel free to look for other sources if you wish.



Presentation: About 10 slides, don't write too much, be sure to include some pictures so it looks more interesting;

Short essay: Include introduction (state what the essay is about), middle (describe the things from the steps), and a conclusion (summarise you essay in 2-3 sentences);

Short video: There should be one person (or two) describing everything included in the Steps' section; make sure to speak loud and clear and smile to the camera. If you don't want to show yourself, that's okay - then you have to make a slideshow with your voiceover (you talking while the photos appear).


Your grade depends on the number of things you will tell us about (things from the Steps' section)

Each point of a step is a point you can acquire:

Step 1: 0-4 points

Step 2: 0-4 points

Step 3: 0-4 points

You can get a maximum of 12 points.



Don't look at this section until you're done with your project.

Nevertheless - what have you learned during the project? Was some of the information interesting? Have you changed your opinions on some topics? Do you think that people of other racial origins should be offended by the Columbus Day?

Whenever you get into a discussion about it, feel free to express your opinions, since now you know something about it and can educate other people so they will educate others and etc. 

If not, well, just be silent and listen, as an uneducated person ought to.

Nevertheless, thanks for participating.

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Webquest ma za zadanie dać uczniom wiedzę o Dniu Kolumba i najważniejszych aspektach tego święta, czyli pochodzenie, historia, natura obchodzenia oraz kontrowersje dookoła święta. Z uwagi na tematykę (kontrowersje wokół niewolnictwa, kolonializmu, rasizmu, etc.) jest dostosowany do starszych uczniów (wiek licealny).

Tematyka jest zgodna z podstawą programową (Treści nauczania – wymagania szczegółowe; 9) kultura (np. dziedziny kultury, twórcy i ich dzieła, uczestnictwo w kulturze, tradycje i zwyczaje, media)