Thursday, September 17, 2009

AP TOPIC II: The Thirteen Colonies and the British Empire 1607-1750


Monday, September 14 in class:
Amsco 2 reading assessment: the benefits of peer discussion
Puritan ideology (part one)

Wednesday, September 16 in class:
Mayflower compact
Puritan ideology (part two)

Friday, September 18 in class:
Geography war
Labor systems in Virginia

Tuesday, September 22 in class:
Historiography of slavery
DBQ introduction

Thursday, September 24 in class:


Due Monday, September 14:
Read, take notes, and answer the multiple choice for AMSCO chapter 2.

Due Wednesday, September 16:
Read Bailey 2 and complete the reading guide.

Due Friday, September 18:
Read Bailey 3 and complete the reading guide.
Complete the English colonies map activity.

Due Tuesday, September 22:
Annotate the Crucible reading packet

Due Thursday, September 24:
Complete the crossword puzzle.
Study for the test.

AP Points:

1) Create a poster-sized chart comparing and contrasting the Northern, Middle, and Southern colonies in at least ten areas (such as religion’s role in daily life, labor system, economic activity, governmental structure, etc.) Illustrate the comparisons with graphics.
Due on test day.

2) Tuesday, September 22, we will have a movie night (Same night for both classes). Bring a potluck dish to share and we will watch “The Crucible” as a way to discuss both Pilgrim society and the McCarthy era paranoia that inspired Arthur Miller. We will start with a potluck dinner in the cafeteria begin at 5:00 and will finish around 8:30. One point for attending. One point for bringing a parent or parents.

3) Research and prepare a 750-1000 word essay explaining how the Salem Witch trials reflect the strength of religious belief in New England and also diminished the strength of that belief. One point will be awarded for a well-written and supported paper.

4) Complete the 1993 AP Test DBQ. One point will be awarded for a well-supported argument. Due on test day.

5) Find an example where either a politician or a journalist uses the term “American Exceptionalism”. Summarize the speech or article and analyze how the Puritan ideology influences the issue at hand. 750-1000 words sounds about right. Due on test day.

6) Act of Toleration. Read the Spirit Documents on pages 39-40 (Copies are available in the classroom). If the Act of Toleration was not particularly tolerant and was short lived in any case, why do we celebrate it as a symbol of religious freedom? Does our celebration of the Act of Toleration say more about American society in 2005 than it does about Maryland in the mid 1600s? Ponder this question in a brief essay of 750-1000 words. Worth one point and due on test day.

7) Read one of the following books:

Roger Williams: The Church and the State by Edmund S. Morgan

Liberty of Conscience: Roger Williams in America by Edwin S. Gaustad

*** Judge Sewall's Apology: The Salem Witch Trials and the Forming of an American Conscience by Richard Francis

American Slavery, American Freedom by Edmund S. Morgan

The Slave Ship: A Human History by Marcus Rediker

There are also a couple books from the last unit that can help as well. Books are due at the end of the six weeks.

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