Creating Columbus Day

Rubric

To answer this question correctly, students must select Fact 2 and explain how it might provide context to understand why President Harrison declared Columbus Day a national holiday in 1892.  Students should explain that Harrison’s decision might have been a calculated move to court Catholic voters in the upcoming election.  

Level Description
Proficient

Student selects the correct fact and explains how it might help explain why President Harrison declared Columbus Day a national holiday in 1892.

Emergent

Student selects the correct fact but provides an incomplete explanation of how the fact might help explain the President’s motivation.

Basic

Student selects an incorrect fact or selects the correct fact but does not provide a reasonable explanation for how it might help explain the President’s motivation.