Advanced Placement U.S. History: Summer Assignment
To prospective students and parents,
Students wishing to enroll in Advanced Placement United States History for the 2017-2018 school year should be aware that there is a summer assignment to turn in, in hard copy, on the first day of school.
**Students who do not turn in this assignment will earn a zero on this assignment and are advised to drop down to US History or enroll in another Social Studies elective. Please remember, this is a college level class, and students should be aware of a fast pace, lots of reading, and greater demands than most high school courses than they have taken in the past.
Assignment: ***This Assignment is attached in a file below.***
- Read Chapter 1 of The American Pageant. (Text issued prior to summer break)
- Notes and Key Terms: Note taking is an essential and necessary skill in AP US History. While they are not necessarily collected for points, it is expected that ALL students take notes and know the key terms from the list attached and provided in class. You may create outlines, utilizing the Cornell method or any other strategy that suits your learning needs. Your notes and key terms should be present with you at all times during class.
- Increasingly students are turning to note taking software such as Evernote or Microsoft One Note as a way to make organizing reading notes (from multiple books) as well as lecture notes easier. While this is certainly effective and encouraged it is vital that you still do the work on your own. It is strongly discouraged that you solely utilize existing notes or reference material that you are given or that is online. While convenient and time saving, the vast majority of the learning takes place in actually doing the work for yourself – rather than relying on the work of others. Furthermore, handwriting notes, while old fashioned and much more time consuming, has typically yielded better results from students as it builds muscle memory and forces the student to more regularly ‘think’ and ‘evaluate’ which material is most vital to write down. Often typing and certainly ‘copy/paste’ note taking results in limited benefits to the user.
Key Terms for Chapter 1: The American Pageant
For each of the following terms, you should be able to identify, define, and/or explain. You should be able to give the significance and make any connections or identify any relationships between the terms.
Christopher Columbus Treaty of Tordesillas
John Cabot Bartolomé de Las Casas
Ponce de León Mestizos
Hernando de Soto Mound Builders
Francisco Coronado Cahokia
Giovanni da Verranzo Puebloans
Conquistadores Joint stock companies
Encomienda System Hiawatha
- Read the online documents from Christopher Columbus and Bartolomé de Las Casas.
- Complete and Turn in TWO Author Thesis Papers (One for Columbus and One for Las Casas). See below for directions.
Author’s Thesis Paper and ATP 2: Students are provided with opposing viewpoints expressed in either primary or secondary source documents and in writing must determine the following:
What is the main argument of each author? This should be 1-2 sentences long. Please label the source that you are writing about.
Does the author clearly support the thesis? Provide 3-4 pieces of evidence that the author uses to support his/her thesis OR 3-4 points where the author fails to support his/her thesis.
What do the sources add to your own understanding of the topic? Does the author add to, complicate, or clarify your previous knowledge? Explain with 2-3 responses.
- Read the online Chapter 2: Why Billington Survived from Charles Mann’s 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus (ISBN# 1-4000-3205-9). You should read the sections within Chapter 2, titled:
- FRIENDLY INDIAN
- COMING OF AGE IN THE DAWNLAND
- TOURISM AND TREACHERY
- THE PLACE OF THE SKULL
- Complete and Turn in response to the following questions. (1-2 page, typed, double- spaced for each response)
- Why is it important to read multiple accounts of history, like that of the text (secondary source) and that of Columbus and de Las Casas (primary sources)?
- In the nineteenth century, historian George Bancroft described the pre-contact America as "an unproductive waste. . . . Its only inhabitants were a few scattered tribes of feeble barbarians, destitute of commerce and of political connection" [pp. 14—15]. After having read the chapter, Why Billington Survived from Mann’s 1491, write a response in which you say how Charles C. Mann would respond to Bancroft’s statement. You should use MLA In-text citations to support your response.
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