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Summer Assignment 2022/2023

Welcome to APUSH! Congratulations on undertaking what will be a challenging, yet extremely rewarding class. To help you best prepare we are offering you EXTRA CREDIT summer assignments. That's right, start your year off with EXTRA CREDIT!!!! If you bring in these assignments completed on the first day of school you will earn extra credit on your first exam! 

You will be completing three assignments designed by Tom Richey. When you return from summer break make sure to bring with you all of the assignments, handwritten, to hand in to your teacher. If you have any questions or run into any difficulties you can email Ms. Colburn at her smmk12 email address. 

Assignment #1:  Native American Cultures  - APUSH Key Concept 1.1

Native American Cultures 1491-1607

The so-called "Period 1" of the AP US History course outline focuses on the period from 1491 (a generic designation for the Americas pre-contact) to 1607 (the establishment of the Jamestown Colony).

In this video lecture for AP US History students, Mr. Richey describes and contrasts different Native American cultures over geographical regions of North America. After watching the lecture, the successful APUSH student should be able to label a map of pre-contact North America and be able to identify key tribal groups and describe the way of life in each region of North America.  Students will be expected to turn in the following items completed by hand (NOT TYPED) on the first day of class:

Native American Cultures Graphic Organizer (print and fill out by hand)

Native American Tribes Map  (print and fill out by hand)

Assignment #2: Columbian Exchange & Atlantic Trade - APUSH Key Concept 1.2

Before learning about the European colonies, it's necessary to place them within the system of Atlantic trade in which they existed.  The permanent system of contact and trade between the Old and New Worlds that was established by Columbus' voyages is known as the Columbian Exchange.  The best place to start learning about the Columbian Exchange is the linked article title the Columbian Exchange by Alfred Crosby, who characterizes the Columbian Exchange as "the widespread transfer of animalsplantsculturehuman populationstechnology and ideas between the American and Afro-Eurasian hemispheres in the 15th and 16th centuries."  Using this framework put forward by the article, Mr. Richey has designed a graphic organizer to help you organize the specifics of the Columbian Exchange in each of these areas.  You may use the article and any other online resources that you find helpful - just be sure to make a note of what other sources you end up using.  Please have the graphic organizer ready to turn in on the first day of class completed by hand (NOT TYPED).

The Columbian Exchange Graphic Organizer  (print and fill out by hand)

Although there is nothing to fill out for the following videos please watch and take some notes. It is essential you understand the Atlantic Slave Trade and Triangular Trade 

Atlantic Slave Trade Ted Ed


A complex system of Atlantic trade developed over the course of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, becoming the basis for establishing permanent colonies that would produce raw materials for export while importing manufactured goods from their respective mother countries.  The Atlantic slave trade was the most infamous part of the "triangular trade" that developed between Europe, Africa, and the Americas.  This video from Ted-Ed is helpful for understanding the impact that the African slave trade had on Europe, the Americas, and especially on African society in the short and long term.

Hip Hughes on Triangular Trade

For a very brief and entertaining explanation of the Triangular Trade, you may want to take a look at this video from HipHughes, who has taught US History for several years.  HipHughes History has video lectures on a plethora of topics in US History that you may find helpful from time to time.

You can take a look at HipHughes' US History Explained playlist here:

Assignment #3: Colonial Encounters Video Lectures - APUSH Key Concepts 1.3 & 2.1

It is important that APUSH students know the key characteristics of Spanish, French, Dutch, and British colonizers and be able to compare and contrast the differing goals of each colonial power (APUSH Key Concept 2.1). In these video lectures, I detail the key characteristics and goals of Spanish, French, and Dutch colonizers in addition to comparing and contrasting their economic pursuits and methods in dealing with the Native Americans they encountered.

Mr Richey has designed a graphic organizer that will be helpful for organizing this information.

Please have the graphic organizer ready to turn in on the first day of class completed by hand (NOT TYPED). 

New France by Tom Richey

New Spain by Tom Richey

New Netherlands by Tom Richey

Colonization and Native American Relationships

English Colonization by Tom Richey