8.26 Assignments 

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



M 8.26    E1 70 mins.


Class: How the Course Works

The AP Exam

What is history and why study it?

Historian’s Thinking Skills

Why Do Historians Differ?

What is a nation? What is the basis for its constitution? How is the United States similar or different from other nations?


American Colonization Society

Great Fear of the Period

Ronald Takaki on the Chinese Exclusion Act

When America Barred Italians

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HW: Please read Brinkley, Chapter 1, “America Before Columbus,” “Europe Looks Westward.” Please be sure to read “Consider the Source” and “Debating the Past.”

W 8.28    A 55 mins.

Class: Civilization and the Atlantic World

David Muzzy on Columbus

David Stannard, American Holocaust

A New World: The Columbian Exchange

Old and New World Staples

Compare and contrast David Muzzey’s description of pre-contact America with that of Alan Brinkley.

Compare and contrast David Muzzey’s explanation of the significance of Columbus with that of Alan Brinkley.

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?

HW: Please read Brinkley, Chapter 1, “The Arrival of the English” and Chapter 2, “The Early Chesapeake,”  and “The Growth of New England.” Please also complete this chart: European Settlements in the Americas.

Th 8.29    B 55 mins


Class: Spanish, French, and Dutch settlements in the Americas

The Chesapeake

Jamestown settler list

Mayflower Passenger list

Mayflower Compact

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

Compare and contrast the experience of initial contact between Indians and the English in Plymouth and Jamestown. 350 words max. Due Friday 8.30 at 8:15 am.

F 8.30     C 55 mins.

Class: Economic, Social and Political Developments in Jamestown and New England

Philbrick, First Encounters

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.

W 9.4    A 55 mins.

Class: 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 Brinkley, Chapter 3 by Friday

Th 9.5    B 55 mins.

Class: Slavery in the Colonies

Jill Lepore, These Truths

Virginia Slave Code

William Byrd’s Diary

F 9.6        C 55 mins.

Class: The Emergence of an American Mind

HW: Study for Multiple Choice Test

T 9.10        E1    70 mins.

MC Test


Analyze the origins and development of slavery in the Britain’s North American colonies in the period 1607-1754.

750-1000 words. Double space. 12 pt. font. 1” margins top, bottom, left, right. Display the prompt at the top of the paper.

DUE THURSDAY 8:15 am. Please deposit in Showbie in pdf.

The History Paper

AP U.S. History Essay Rubrics

Writing the DBQ

Th 9.11        A 55 mins.

Review Multiple Choice

War for Empire in North America

Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur, Letters from an American Farmer.

Colonial Wars Chart

The Continent--1667

King George’s War

The French Indian War

North America 1766

HW: Please read Chapter 4 by Monday 9.16