I used the The People vs. Columbus, et al. lesson plan when I was a student teacher during the school year of 2020–2021. The lesson was very engaging and it encourages students to think about the causes and effects of European arrival to America.
Students were able to generate their authentic ideas regarding the slaughter of the Taíno Community. The lesson allows students to think about history from different perspectives and the activity encourages students to develop critical thinking skills. Since students have to participate in a trial, they were also able to develop public speaking skills.