Social Studies

This is a very big unit!
We will chunk it out into several quizzes before a Unit Test. (Early November)

Overall Question:
How did the interaction of three worlds transform human societies?

In this unit students study early American History with a focus on the period prior to 1585.  Starting with the art of historical thinking, students review the questions historians ask in examining the past. 

This unit takes a separate examination of life in America, Africa, and Europe in order to set the stage for the convergence of these three worlds in America.  This approach prepares students to understand the exchanges and conflicts that resulted from the convergence of three distinct peoples in America.  

Accordingly, students begin their study with America, using a geographic lens to identify major American Indian cultural groups and compare how people living in different geographic regions adapted to and modified their environments prior to the arrival of Europeans.  

Students take an in-depth examination into the life and culture of Eastern Woodland American Indians.  Students then shift their focus to the continent of Africa.  In learning about how people lived in western Africa before the 16
th century, students create a foundation for examining how the meeting of the three worlds affected people from this continent. 

Next, students turn to Europe as global exploration began.  They analyze the goals, motivations, and developments that made sea exploration possible through case studies of various explorers.  
Students explore the convergence of Europeans, American Indians, and Africans in North America after 1492.  In considering the Columbian Exchange, students describe the widespread movement of plants, animals, foods, communicable diseases, ideas, human populations, and goods, and how human societies were affected.  Finally, students analyze the consequences of the encounters and exchanges among these three worlds and how people from each continent viewed the convergence.


Here is the link to the online textbook that we will read together in class. It's helpful for days when you may be absent or before a unit test.
Open Book online Textbook