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Teaching About the Taínos, Columbus, and Indigenous Peoples’ Day in a Middle School English Language Learners Classroom

By Alicia Lopez, M.Ed. “Who knows who Christopher Columbus was?” I ask my students a few weeks before what is now Indigenous Peoples’ Day in our town. Blank stares. Students often have pockets of knowledge that will contribute to lessons, but sometimes we have to push them to get at that knowledge. I try again, …