Teacher’s Guides

Courage and Conviction

The True Story of Christopher Columbus

Courage and Conviction: The True Story of Christopher Columbus is a thorough exploration of the life and legacy of the fearless discoverer of America. Narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri, this film cuts through the anti-Columbus narrative and reveals Christopher Columbus’ remarkable life and accomplishments. Discover the origins of Columbus Day as a unifying holiday following the mass lynching of Italian immigrants in New Orleans, the KKK’s role in opposing Columbus Day celebrations, and the lies and distortions in many of the revisionist attacks on Columbus’ legacy. Courage and Conviction shows why Christopher Columbus remains not only a man worthy of admiration, but a noble icon of what it means to be a Catholic and an American.

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This Teacher's Guide comes with a free DVD of the Knights of Columbus documentary, Courage and Conviction: The True Story of Christopher Columbus and contains 13 lessons to use with high school and middle school students. You may use each lesson to accompany a screening of the whole film, or a shorter section. 

Each lesson features:

  • Time-stamps for the part of the movie the lesson focuses on

  • A pre-viewing activity and post-viewing activity. 

  • Handous at two reading levels, where appropriate

  • All handouts and materials

  • A complete answer key

The Viewing Guide appendix contains fill-in-the-blank questions that students can answer as they watch the video, or afterwards. You may assign some, all, or none of these questions for each lesson. The Key Terms appendix provides basic definitions of vocabulary words important to lessons. The Historical Figures appendix provides short biographies of individuals important in the film and the story of Columbus. 

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Product Details

  • Pages: 127
  • Format(s): Paperback
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I think this written material is excellent. You have done a really good job to offer a Catholic perspective on a challenging topic and relate it to very recent events in our country.

I think this written material is excellent. You have done a really good job to offer a Catholic perspective on a challenging topic and relate it to very recent events in our country.

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