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Your summer assignment consists of three parts. Assignments are due the first day of class and must be handwritten.
Textbook Reading: Complete the questions listed on the assignment using the on-line American History textbook found at the link below. You will be reading the sections titled The First Americans, Exploration and Discovery, and the 17th Century. Please answer in complete sentences. Reading assignments are due the first day of school.
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Independent Reading: Choose 2 books to read from the lists provided and complete a review for each. If a book you would like to read is not on the list please e-mail an instructor for approval of your selection. Book Reviews are due the first day of school.
Unit 1 Words, Terms and People (Set A): Use resources available on-line to complete appropriate definitions and/or descriptions that explain why each is important to the study of US History. This assignment is due the first day of school.
Please complete all assignments individually. All assignments must be handwritten.
Wakefield High School Honor Code:
The students of Wakefield High School are committed to being honest and responsible in the completion of academic materials and interactions with the school administration and community. Cheating, stealing, plagiarism (passing off another's work, words, or ideas as one's own), and lying (including willful distortion or misrepresentation) are considered violations of the Honor Code. Through a joint fulfillment of this code, students and faculty will achieve their fullest potential in academic excellence and character.
Reading Assignments: Part 1: The First Americans Correcting Myths and Misconceptions
What are the various myths and misconceptions about the first Americans?
How were Native Americans dynamic agents of change?
What proof exists that Native Americans were present in the New World thousands of years earlier than most 20th century scholars believed? At what point does existing evidence suggest the first Americans arrived in North America?
How does physical anthropology support the notion that the first Americans came from Northeast Asia?
Why did the first Americans spread quickly across North and South America?
Prehistoric Patterns of Change
Why were the discoveries in Colorado and New Mexico significant to our modern understanding of Native Americans?
What was the most important crop that the Native Americans learned to cultivate?
The Cultures of Prehistoric America
What evidence exists that proves the first Europeans to arrive in the New World were “arrogant” and “ethnocentric”?
Describe how Native American groups were able to adapt to each of the following regions. Include the Native groups who settled in each region.
Describe slavery in the northern colonies including population and division of labor.
Struggles for Power in Colonial America
What were the two parallel struggles for power in eastern North America in the late seventeenth and early to mid-eighteenth centuries? How many times did this struggle for dominance occur between 1689 and 1763?
Diversity in Colonial America
What was the mercantilist idea about colonial government?
How did the diversity of the colonies make it impossible to confine colonial development to a predetermined design?
The Middle Colonies: New York
What nation first claimed New York? What groups settled there?
When and why did New York become a British colony?
Explain the significance of the “patroon” system.
Fear of Slave Revolts
What accounted for the fear of slave insurrections?
What was the usual result of slave insurrections?
The Middle Colonies: William Penn’s Holy Commonwealth
Describe the beliefs and actions of early Quakers?
Who was William Penn?
How did the beliefs of the Quakers impact the colony of Pennsylvania?
The Southernmost Colonies: The Carolinas and Georgia
What became the staple crop of South Carolina?
What was the Stono Rebellion?
Describe the Indian-white warfare of North Carolina.
What was the one colony prior to the Revolution that attempted to prohibit slavery and why was it unable to do so permanently?
Independent Reading: Two books of your choice; Book Reviews must be handwritten.
Links to use that will assist in writing your book reviews.