Environment– Ideas about the consumption and conservation of natural resources. The impact of population growth, industrialization, pollution, and urban and suburban expansion.GlobalizationEngagement with the rest of the world from the fifteenth century to the present; colonialism, mercantilism, global hegemony, development of markets, imperialism, cultural exchange.Politics and Citizenship– Colonial and revolution legacies, American political traditions, growth of democracy, and the development of the modern state. Defining citizenship; struggles for civil rights.Reform– Diverse movements focusing on a broad range of issues, including anti-slavery, education, labor, temperance, women’s rights, civil rights, gay rights, war, public health and government.Religion– The variety of religious beliefs and practices in America from prehistory to the twenty-first century; influence of religion on politics, economics, and society.Slavery and its Legacies in North America– Systems of slave labor and other forms of unfree labor in North American societies, the Atlantic World, and the American South and West. The economics of slavery and its racial dimensions. Patterns of resistance and the long-term economic, political, and social effects of slavery.War and Diplomacy– Armed conflict from the precolonial period to the twenty-first century; impact of war on American foreign policy and on politics, economy, and society.
Unit One: New World and Colonial AmericaEssential Question:oHow did English America develop from 1500 – 1733?oHow does the environment impact the way we live?oWhat causes people to change how they live?oWhat shapes American identity?Objectives:oExplore the European factors that led to an age of exploration and settlement of a new world.oDifferentiate between the purpose and function of various colonial settlementsoRecognize the diversities of Native American cultures.oUnderstand the nature and variety of interchanges that occurred within the Atlantic World.oDiscuss the adaptation of British colonial policy to the American colonies.oDescribe social and economic structure of colonial society.Themes Addressed: oAmerican IdentityoGlobalizationoReligionKeep a notebook. Take notes daily on all reading assignment, take notes in class, and keep a running vocabulary list. The key to effective study will be your ability to take good notes for each assignment. Your notebook should be in outline form. Come prepared each day with two questions from the readings.Number TopicAssignmentReading1Ch. 1 The Shaping and Peopling of the AmericasFactors the motivated the explorersAmerican Pageant, pgs. 4 - 142Ch. 1 Europe, Africa and ExplorationsMotive and Methods of Colonization: Britain, France, and Spain; Voices of the American Past, Ch. 1, Introduce students to the SOAPS method of document analysisAmerican Pageant, 10 - 143Ch. 1: When Three World CollideCh. 1 QuizAmerican Pageant, 14 - 244Ch. 2 The Planting of English ColoniesLecture, “Doing the DBQ”: Introduction