8.22 Assignments 

Unit 1 Native America and the Age of Contact: 1491-1607 



M 8.20    E1 70 mins.


Class: How the Course Works

The AP Exam

What is history and why study it?

Historian’s Thinking Skills

HW: City vs. Country: “Contrary to conventional wisdom, the most significant and abiding divide in American politics isn’t between city and countryside, but rather among regional cultures.”

Who is Colin Woodard? What makes him credible as an authority on American politics?

What claims does Woodard make to advance the argument above?

What kinds of evidence does he present to support the claims of the argument?

What other variables might account for the divisions in American politics?

What is persuasive about the argument? What questions do you have?

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Due W 8.22 at 8:15am

W 8.22    A 55 mins.

Discussion of City vs. Country.

Why Do Historians Differ?


HW: Please read Brinkley, Chapter 1, “America Before Columbus” and “Europe Looks Westward,” and answer the questions below.

In your own words, define “civilization?” What are the characteristics of a civilized society?

In what ways did Native American societies differ from place to place? In what ways were they similar?

What were the effects of contact on native peoples of the Americas?

Due Thursday 8.23 at 8:15 am


T 8.28    A 55 mins


Class: “Civilization”

David Muzzey on Columbus

David Stannard, American Holocaust

A New World: The Columbian Exchange

Old and New World Staples

HW: Please read Brinkley, Chapter 1, “The Arrival of the English” and Chapter 2, “The Early Chesapeake,” 19-32. Please also complete this chart: European Settlements in the Americas.You do not need to submit the chart to Showbie.

W 8.29     B 55 mins.

Spanish, French, and Dutch settlements in the Americas

The Chesapeake

Jamestown settler list

HW: Please read Brinkley, Chapter 2, “The Growth of New England” and this interview with Karen Ordahl Kupperman.

Based on the readings above and Nathaniel Philbrick’s Mayflower, compare and contrast the experience of initial contact between Indians and the English in Plymouth and Jamestown. 350 words max. Due Thursday 8.30 at 8:15 am.

Th 8.30     C 55 mins.

Context of the Atlantic World

Settlements in Jamestown and New England

Mayflower Passenger list

Mayflower Compact

HW: Please read Lepore, Plymouth Rocked.

Pay attention to her critique of Philbrick’s account of King Philip’s war. On Tuesday, be prepared to discuss how the accounts of the two historians differ.

T 9.4    E1 70 mins.

Bacon’s Rebellion

Slavery Laws

Bacon’s Declaration

The Toleration Act

A Model of Christian Charity

Roger Williams and the Founding of Rhode Island

Fundamental Orders of Connecticut 1639

Causes of King Philip's War

Consequences of King Philip’s War

HW: Please finish reading Brinkley, Chapter 2 and complete the chart: British Settlements in North America. You do not need to submit the chart to Showbie.

Th 9.6    A 55 mins.

Middle Colonies and colonies of the South

Pennsylvania Charter of Privileges

Rationale for the Founding of the Georgia Colony

Atlantic Trade

Navigation Acts

HW: Please read The Virginia Slave Code

William Byrd’s Diary