Friday, October 19, 2018

QUIZ: Indigenous Societies and European Contact

There will be a QUIZ Thursday 10/25. You will be asked to answer two of the following questions. You will also be required to analyze a historical document. Use your materials, vocab, and texts from class to prepare.
  • Describe the features of one pre-Columbian civilization.
  • Using examples, explain the differences between non-sedentary, semi-sedentary, and sedentary peoples of the Americas.
  • Explain Jared Diamond's theory of geographic luck. How does this theory explain why Europeans were able to conquer pre-Columbian civilizations despite having fewer numbers. What helped the Europeans that is not part of Diamond's theory?
  • Who was Bartolome de las Casas? What did he observe? How did his descriptions and writing differ from Christopher Columbus’?
  • What was the Columbian exchange? Analyze the effects of the Columbian exchange on the peoples of Europe and the Americas.
  • Define the concept of colonization. Compare and contrast the colonization practices of the Spanish and Portuguese in the Americas.

Born in Blood and Fire, Chapter 2

Agenda 10/19:
  1. Students read one section of Born in Blood and Fire, Chapter 2. They answered questions using this worksheet.
  2. I reviewed the chapter with the slides below and students played a Kahoot to review.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Born in Blood and Fire, Chapter 1

Agenda 10/3-5:

  1. Students took an IB practice exam about Cortez and the fall of the Aztec Empire. Students interpreted a series of documents and answered a series of analysis questions.
  2. Students read the Introduction and Chapter 1 from Born in Blood an Fire. They answered these questions.
  3. Students chose ONE prompt from the first chapter of Born in Blood and Fire and wrote a half-page response. Prompts:
    • The “encounter” involves the collisions of peoples and cultures from three continents--the Americas, Europe, and Africa.  Examine some of the key points that Chasteen makes in his explanation of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
    • Discuss the role of  Catholic priests in the Americas and evaluate how specific priests worked on behalf of indigenous peoples and what change was brought through their actions. (from Countercurrents)
    • CHALLENGE: Compare and contrast Chasteen’s use of the terms “Liberalism” and “Nationalism” when used in the international context (not US usage), as defined in the introduction to BBF. (from Introduction)
    • Providing examples, identify characteristics of non-sedentary, semi-sedentary, and sedentary cultures. 
    • Define what the Iberian Peninsula is and evaluate the importance of some of the key moments of its history from the years 711-1600.  Then, analyze how this history influenced its two main cultures as they began their conquest of the Americas.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Inca, Guns, Germs, and Steel (and 1000s of Indigenous Allies)


Today students watched an episode from Guns, Germs, and Steel. They took notes on this worksheet.

Guns, Germs, and Steel: Conquest:

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Pre-Columbian Civilizations

Agenda 9/27:
Pre-Columbian Civilizations:

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Columbus, cont.

Agenda 9/18-9/25
  1. Students completed reading the excerpt and questions from Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States. 
  2. Students worked in groups, completing a practice quiz on Columbus. This will be the format for all future quizzes. 
DUE: Turn these in ASAP
  • Personal Manifesto
  • Academic Honesty
  • Movie Permission
  • Columbus Children's Book Analysis
  • Zinn, People's History of the United States, Chapter 1, part 1
  • Latin America Colonization Maps

Monday, September 17, 2018

Columbus and the Encounter

Agenda 9/11-15:
  1. Students read, analyzed and summarized children's books about Christopher Columbus.
  2. Students looked at several different depictions of Columbus in educational materials and old cartoons.
  3. Students began preparing for a mock trial of Christopher Columbus. Here are the info sheets. 
  4. Students began the trial.
DUE: Cut off date for first quarter progress report is next Tuesday 9/25!!!
Movie Permission Slip
Personal Manifesto

Who was Christopher Columbus?