Columbus explaining his discovery to king ferdinand and queen isabella

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CURRENT EVENT | JUNE 1, 2016

Columbus’ Stolen Letter

When Christopher Columbus was on his way back to Spain, he wrote a letter to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella describing his voyage to the new world. Copies of this letter were made to spread the word of his discoveries. At some point before 1992, one copy of the letter was stolen from Florence, Italy and replaced by a forged copy. Then that copy of the letter ended up in the Library of Congress. The United States has now returned the letter to its place in Italy. Listen to hear more about what happened to this historic document.

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Story Length: 2:39

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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