I.                  In class during the first meeting

    Syllabus distribution and presentation (in-class)

    Assignment: handout - What Is History? Quotation analysis and discussion (in-class)



    II.           20,000 years in three pages

                           Textbook and Packet Distribution – Pre-Columbian Americaand Exploration

                Discussionand in-class competition


    III.            The Coming of the English

    The American Pageant(hereafter referred to as “Text”, Preface (first two paragraphs only, pp 27-33)

    Your text book was written specifically for high school students enrolled in the AP US History class. The language and style are readable, and the book is largely organized chronologically.  This first text assignment is typical of most daily reading assignments: approximately 6-8 pages in length. 

    How did Virginians overcome the handicaps encountered in their initial settlement?  Explain.


    IV.            TheSouthern Colonies

    Text pp 35-41(all), 74-76 (1st paragraph)

    In what ways doesslavery define the settlement of the early southern colonies?  Which are seeming exceptions to the rule?


    V.            New England

    Text pp 46-53 (1st column), 80-84 (first column)

    Are early NewEngland colonies theocracies?  Explain.



    VI.          Middle Colonies

    Text pp 56-62 (all), 64-66

    According to yourtext, “the middle colonies were in many respects midway between New England andthe southern plantation group”.  Howso?  How are they unique?


    VII.         Life inColonial America

    Text 76-77, 84-86; David M. Kennedy and Thomas Bailey’s The American Spirit(hereafter referred to as “Spirit”) Fontaine (72-73),Mather (81-83), Mittleberger (88-90), De Crevecoeur (90-92)

    What evidence ofclass structure in early America is illustrated by these readings?  Is it uniform among the three primaryregions?


    VIII.       Mercantilism and America                  

    Text pp 55-56, 93-96 (1st section), 127-129 (1/21st column); Spirit 136-137 (Smith)


    Should Britain’s mercantile policy towards its American colonies be considered a success or failure? Why?


    IX.       The Enlightenment, Religion, and Politics

    Text pp 97-104 (1/2 1st column), Spirit 93-94(Franklin), 94-96 (Edwards)

                     What where the social consequences of the Great Awakening? In what ways did Puritan religious doctrines lend themselves to thesupport of                     later political thought?





    I.         The Contest for Empire  

    Text 112-120


    What role do the American colonies play in the struggle for empire between the British and the French?



    II.                 The Watershed Treaty of Paris  


    Text 120-124; Spirit 112-113 (Parkman)



    How does the French and Indian War illuminate the differences between the Americans and the British?


    III.              The Cracks widen


    Text 126-127 (1st column), 129-136 (1st paragraph)


    What amount of taxation is considered reasonable?  Were the colonies acting petulantly in their responses to the Stamp Act?


    IV.              Toward Independence


    Text 136-139, 142-144, 146-152


    Are the various causes of colonial discontent legitimate?


    V.                 From Grievances to War


    Spirit 130-132 (Franklin), 139 – 140 (cartoons), 141-142 (Leonard), 142-143 (Henry)


    Class DebateWho is more to blame for the deteriorating relationship between the British and her American colonies?


    VI.              The War against the Redcoats


    Text 154-155 (Makers of America – The Loyalists), 156-160 (3rd paragraph), 162-166


    Can loyalists during the Revolution be considered a persecuted minority?  Why or why not?


    VII.           Revolutionary Diplomacy and the Treaty of Paris part deux


     Text 160-161, 166-168; Spirit 172-173 (Adams), 173-174 (Deane)


                       Who are the “winners” and “losers” of the American Revolution?




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