Magnet School of Global & Ethical Studies – 3829 Avenue K, Brooklyn NY 11210 (718) 377-7696
Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 8 pages.
Role play in the form of a trial to determine who is responsible for the death of millions of Tainos on the island of Hispaniola in the late 15th century.
This role play begins with the premise that a monstrous crime was committed in the years after 1492, when perhaps as many as three million or more Taínos on the island of Hispaniola lost their lives. (Most scholars estimate the number of people on Hispaniola in 1492 at between one and three million; some estimates are lower and some much higher. By 1550, very few Taínos remained alive.)
Who — and/or what — was responsible for this slaughter? This is the question students confront here.
The lesson begins as follows:
1. In preparation for class, list the names of all the “defendants” on the board: Columbus, Columbus’ men, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, the Taínos, and the System of Empire.
2. Tell students that each of these defendants is charged with murder — the murder of the Taíno Indians in the years following 1492. Tell them that, in groups, students will portray the defendants and that you, the teacher, will be the prosecutor. Explain that students’ responsibility will be twofold: a) to defend themselves against the charges, and b) to explain who they think is guilty and why.
Download PDF for the rest of the procedures and the student roles.
Open up Paintbrush and select a canvas that is 800 pixels by 600 pixels.
Find a smaller picture of Mount Fuji in Google Images that includes the horizon line, the long line from side to side that divides the sky and the earth.
The image I’m choosing is smaller than my canvas – 304 pixels by 171 pixels. Click on View image and drag the image off onto your desktop.
The image of Fuji is in the background and in the foreground is the Japanese cherry blossoms called sakura.
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Weep weep. I’m not in this school any more and I miss everyone dearly but although I miss each and everyone of you, I can’t lie my school year is going great.
Yes I understand some of you might be saying that it’s only been two days but still I got to meet so many new people and I got to know them a lot in math class at one period where our teacher let us tell us a little about ourselves.
I also have very fair teachers in Cunningham, you can tell by how they act and all their grading policies. My computer teacher this year is Mr. Cooper (just to let Mr. Jump know). For now that is all I have to say but I will be posting more stories about I.S.234. and for leaving P.S.119.
On the first day of school,everything was awesome and normal.I saw Lloyd,Nathaniel,Sateen,and many other classmates in my class from P.s.119.Now that I’m in middle school,everything has changed.Every time when the bell rings,we go to different periods until the late bell rings after a good 10-15 minutes and then the period starts.
I also met my homeroom teacher Mr.Josaphat. He is a nice teacher who teaches me math and French.My school year has been great so far and I can’t wait to tell you guys more after a couple of weeks.
P.s.119 has been my home for 4 years and now Hudde is the school I have to get used to.
I hope when I have the time I can post some more stats of what’s going on in my new school.
MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH!