Period One from 1491 to 1607 is the starting point for AP students. At the beginning of the school year it important to hit the ground running with both content acquisition as well as historical thinking skills.
This lesson allows student to create a comparison chart that provides them the opportunity to make some in depth comparative analysis. The comparison chart component of the lesson is directly aligned to the APUSH Curriculum Framework. The three AP style short answer questions mirror the format and the language style of the actual exam questions.
This lesson can be used as an introductory activity or as a review later in the school year.
The content selections have are sourced from the AP Course outline, AP Central Exam information page, College Board AP United States History Professional Development program 2014-2015, and my experience as an AP reader.
Learning Objective by AP Theme: PEO-4, PEO-5, ENV-1 WXT-1 WXT-4 CUL-1 and ID-4
Key Concepts: 1.2- European overseas expansion resulted in the Colombian Exchange, a series of interactions and adaptations among societies across the Atlantic, 1.3- Contacts among American Indians, Africans and Europeans challenged the worldviews of each group.
Historical Thinking Skills: Contextualization, Appropriate Use of Relevant Historical Information, Historical Causation and Comparison