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lunes, 10 de octubre de 2011

Columbus Day

There are a lot of mysteries around Christopher Columbus; most of them referring to where he was born. Among the places that claim the fact of being the first ones of hearing his cries,are Porto Colom and Genoa. 

On Columbus Day, Americans commemorate the first arrival of the navigator, Christopher Columbus, on their coasts. On the other hand, for many of them, it is just a long weekend at the beginning on the second Monday in October,on the same date than Canadian Thanksgiving.

I suggest some tasks to do with your students: 

1st Task: watch the video and answer the following questions:

1.       Can you state when did Columbus first depart from Spain
2. Can you name his three boats?
3.      Who was the first Greek wise man who thought we were living on a sphere?
4.     Who was the Spanish queen who supported Columbus?
5.     What was a hot commodity in the 15th century?
6.     Say the reason why Europe lost its most popular route to the treasures of the east.

2nd Task: we will analyse the following sentence in class: Columbus returned to the Spanish court a hero. 

3rd Task: Ten things you should know about Columbus:

1. Columbus didn’t set out to prove the earth was round.
2. Columbus was likely not the first European to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
3. Three countries refused to back Columbus’ voyage.
4. Nina and Pinta were not the actual names of two of Columbus’ three ships.
5. The Santa Maria wrecked on Columbus’ historic voyage.
6. Columbus made four voyages to the New World.
7. Columbus returned to Spain in chains in 1500.
8. A lunar eclipse may have saved Columbus.
9. Even in death, Columbus continued to cross the Atlantic.
10. Heirs of Columbus and the Spanish monarchy were in litigation until 1790.

Find at least one of the answers to this "enigma" and post it as a comment. You should summarize it in just one line.

4th Task (1st cycle of ESO): write a rhyme. This would be an example:
In fourteen ninety-two,
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

5th Task: Game: What ten things would you take on a boat trip and what ten ones would you throw overboard?

Enjoy the long weekend on Columbus Day!

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