Course Title: Advanced Placement United States History Course Description



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Unit 1: Colonialism

  1. Physical Characteristics and Landscape of North America.

  1. Age of Discovery and Settlement of North America.

1. First Americans

2. Spanish, French and English colonies and its characteristics.

a. Jamestown

b. Plymouth



Text: Bailey and Kennedy, Chapters 1-4

Map: Weatherbie Vol. I – “Physical and Political Setting” and “England’s North American Colonies in 1700”

Activities: (The Center for Learning)

Lesson 1 – “The Three Colonial Sections – One Society or Three?”

Lesson 2 - “ From Authority to Individualism”

Video: “The Columbian Exchange” – w/study guide


  1. English Colonial Rule

3. Mercantilism – Navigation Acts

4. Era of Benevolent Neglect

5. Colonial self-government

6. British protection



Activities: (The Center for Learning)

Lesson 3 – “British Colonial Policy” – A tradition of Neglect”

Lesson 5 - “The Colonies in 1763 – A New Society”

Lesson 6 - “British Mercantilism: A Path to Colonial Economic Opportunity”

7. New England colonies and its growth

8. The Middle or “Bread Colonies”

9. The Southern colonies and the Chesapeake country.

10. Colonial culture

a. Family

b. Religion – Puritanism – “The Great Awakening”

c. Economy

d. Ethnicity

11. The British Democratic Heritage

a. Magna Carta

b. English Bill of Rights

c. Growth and Evolution of Parliament

12. Early Democratic Colonial Institutions

a. Mayflower Compact

b. Virginia House of Burgesses

c. New England Town Meeting

d. Fundamental Orders of Connecticut



Readings: Feder, Viewpoints U.S.A. p. 2-15

How did Democracy Develop in Colonial America?”



Activities: (The Center for Learning)

Lesson 5 – “The Growing Religious Pluralism in Colonial America”

Lesson 6 - “The 17th Colonial Family”

Lesson 7 - “ Puritanism and the Work Ethic



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