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Unit 1: Colonialism

AS HONORS Tentative Schedule for Unit 1: COLONIALISM


CYCLE 1—Wednesday, August 14—Thursday, August 22 (five class meetings)

Class 1: What is American Studies and Why Should I Care?

Class: Course Intro

Homework: 1) Read syllabus; 2) Find an image or object that illustrates the theme you’ve been assigned.  Prepare a one-minute oral analysis of how your image/object illustrates the theme; 3) Buy The American Tradition in Literature (TATIL), The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave by Frederick Douglass, and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain; and 4) Complete “Tell Me About You” questionnaire   

Class 2: The Seven Themes

Class: Receive Vocabulary 1 words; introduce the seven themes by presenting images or objects illustrating each theme

Homework: Choose one theme that you think clearly supplies a ‘lens’ through which to view your summer reading text.  Find and annotate the passage in your summer reading text that best illustrates this theme.  Write one typed page summarizing your interpretation of the passage and what it expresses about the theme.  What does your book tell us about how your theme applies to America during the time period in which it was written?  (Note: You will submit this summary with your upcoming Summer Reading Essay.)

Class 3: Writing: The Art of Argumentation

Class: Introduce argumentative writing; receive Summer Reading Essay assignment

Homework: Begin Summer Reading Essay; begin reading and annotating John Smith’s The General History of Virginia (33-42 in TATIL)

Note: the reading on John Smith will be due Class 5

Class 4: Writing Workshop

Class: Work on Essay 1

Homework: Finish reading and annotating John Smith’s The General History of Virginia (33-42 in TATIL); continue Summer Reading Essay

Class 5: The Jamestown Colony and the Birth of the Dream

Class: Introduce Jamestown

Homework: Finish Summer Reading essay





CYCLE 2: Friday, August 23-Wednesday, September 4 (six class meetings)

NOTE: On Friday, August 30, an “A” Day interrupts the normal sequence of days in the cycle.   This extra day means we will have six class meetings during this cycle.  

Class 6: The Jamestown Colony (continued)

Class: Summer Reading Essay due; finish Smith’s The General History of Virginia

Homework: Read and annotate Genesis 1-3 (handout), Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation (42-top of 47 in TATIL), and The Mayflower Compact (51 in TATIL)

Class 7: The Plymouth Colony—What is Puritanism? 

Class: Intro to Puritanism—Close reading of Genesis 1-3 (handout), William Bradford (Of Plymouth Plantation and The Mayflower Compact)

Homework: Read and annotate John Winthrop—from Model of Christian Charity (58-59; 64-66 in TATIL), Ronald Reagan—“Farewell Address” (handout), and Anne Bradstreet—“The Flesh and the Spirit” (69-71; 73-75 in TATIL)   

Class 8: The Massachusetts Bay Colony—What is a City Upon a Hill?

Class: Close reading of John Winthrop, Ronald Reagan, and Anne Bradstreet—“The Flesh and the Spirit”

Homework: Read and annotate Hector St. Jean de Crevecoeur—from Letters from an American Farmer (145-155 in TATIL)

Class 9: Hector St. Jean de Crevecoeur—What is a Melting Pot?

Class: Close reading of Hector St. Jean de Crevecoeur

Homework: Study for Unit 1 Test

Class 10: Crevecoeur (continued)

Class: Finish Crevecoeur’s Letters from an American Farmer

Homework: Study for Unit 1 Test  

Class 11: UNIT 1 TEST—COLONIALISM…September 3 (F) and/or 4 (G)