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1 North County High School Advanced Placement United States History School Year Summer Assignment A People s History of the United States by Howard Zinn Welcome to Advanced Placement US History (APUSH)! The school year will be a very busy one as we prepare for the Advanced Placement exam in May APUSH is a rigorous college-level course that will require extensive background knowledge in US History. Since this is a college-level course that requires extensive knowledge in US History we cannot waste any time in preparing, and need to hit the ground running in August. To do this, every APUSH student will be required to complete the following assignments throughout the summer. Complete assignments are due the week school begins in August The assignments are listed below. The People s History of the United States can be found at local libraries, bookstores and on various websites. A print version of the book if preferable, but you can also use the website below which contains the entire book. The reading questions are attached, but you may also Ms. Owens for an electronic version. All assignments must be completed as specified for credit. Have fun!!! A People s History of The United States can be found online: Directions and Rubric for Summer Reading Assignment: Assignment #1: A People s History of the United States by Howard Zinn (30 pts) 1. Read the first two chapters of the novel. 2. Answer the following questions (there are some for both chapters) in complete sentences in blue or black ink only in your own handwriting (typed assignments will not be accepted). Please put your name (first, last) in the upper right hand corner, followed by the date. EACH QUESTION IS WORTH 1 POINT!! 3. Students will be tested on material from Zinn s book. Students might be allowed to use their responses to the questions on the assessment.

2 Assignment #1: A People s History of the United States by Howard Zinn (1 point for each question = 30 possible points) Chapter 1: Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress 1. How did the Arawaks greet Columbus and his men? (Use the excerpts from Columbus journal) 2. What were the Arawaks known for and why was this remarkable to the Europeans? 3. Why had the Spanish monarchs financed the Columbus expedition? 4. How did gold earrings lead to the Arawak s downfall? 5. Evaluate the ways that Columbus attempted to pay back his dividends. 6. What way(s) did the Arawaks fight Columbus actions? 7. What were encomiendas? 8. Who was Bartolome de las Casas and his significance? 9. Describe the treatment of women in the Arawak culture? 10. Explain Zinn s statement of, Total control led to total cruelty. 11. Why is Zinn critical of Columbus Day? 12. Why is Zinn critical of Harvard Historian Samuel Eliot Morison? 13. How does Zinn argue that past historians (and teachers!) have justified Columbus genocide of the Arawaks? 14. What lens of history does Zinn examine history through? Which lens does he avoid? Why does he feel this is necessary? 15. Describe Cortes conquest of the Aztecs. 16. Describe Pizarro s conquests. 17. How were the English colonial settlements similar to that of the Spanish? 18. How did the Pilgrims and Puritans respond to the Indian problem? 19. What was the Pequot War? 20. What, does Zinn argue, is the sacrifice of human progress? 21. Describe the Native American peoples of the North and South American continent that Columbus considered inferior. Chapter 2: Drawing the Color Line 22. What is significant about J. Saunders Redding s description of the arrival of a ship in 1619? 23. How did slavery develop? How did racism develop along with it? 24. What elements of helplessness led to the Africans continued enslavement? 25. Describe the African civilization during the time of colonization. 26. Describe the conditions on a slave ship and the treatment of slaves early in the colonies. 27. Describe slave resistance. 28. What did slave owners consistently avoid? What methods did they use to avoid it? 29. When was the first large scale slave revolt? Why was it significant? 30. Why was it feared that whites would join slave revolts? How was this prevented?

3 Assignment #2: United States Maps PART A: LABELING MAP 1. In black ink label the fifty states IN BLACK INK. You may use the state abbreviations to do this. (10 points) Students will be expected to label the 50 states on a map on the first day of class without the use of their map. 2. Label the following bodies of water IN BLUE INK (you may have to draw in the rivers): (1 point each- 6 points total) Five great lakes (HOMES!!!) Mississippi River Rio Grande River d. Atlantic Ocean e. Pacific Ocean f. Gulf of Mexico 4. Draw the following mountains in BROWN and label in BLACK ink: Appalachian and Rocky. (1/2 point each- 2 pts total) 5. Draw the following boundary lines in orange and shade using appropriate colors or patterns to demonstrate the following historical territorial acquisitions. CREATE A KEY AND INDICATE THE APPROPRIATE COLOR OR PATTERN IN YOUR KEY. (1/2 point each- 4 pts total) Original Thirteen Colonies Treaty of Paris, 1783 Acquisitions from Spain in 1810, 1813, and 1819 d. Louisiana Purchase e. Texas Annexation f. Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo g. Oregon Treaty h. Gadsden Purchase 6. Draw in RED the Missouri Compromise Line. Label it in black ink next to your line. (1 point)

4 Part B: Answer the following geography questions below: (You may use state abbreviations when applicable) 1. List all the states that are considered part of the original 13 colonies. (1/2 point each 6.5 points total) d. e. f. g. h. i. j. k. l. m. 2. List the three major regions of the 13 original colonies (3 points) 3. List ALL fifteen slave holding states in the United States in (1 point each 15 points total) i. d. e. f. g. j. k. l. m. n. o. h.

5 4. List five places that are currently U.S. territories. (1/2 point each 2.5 points) d. e. APUSH GRADING RUBRIC PART 1: Peoples History of the United States Reading Questions STUDENT NAME: PART 1: READING ASSIGNMENT PART 1: READING ASSIGNMENT Chapter 1 (21 points) Chapter 2 (9 points) Chapter 1 ( points) Chapter 2 ( points) PART 2: MAP ACTIVITY 30 TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS: 50 TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS PART A: LABELING ACTIVITY (23 POSSIBLE POINTS) 50 states (10 points) Bodies of water (6 points) Mountains (2 points) Territorial Acquisitions (4 points) Missouri Compromise (1 point) PART B: GEOGRAPHY QUESTIONS (27 POINTS POSSIBLE) POINTS EARNED PART 2: MAP ACTIVITY PART A: LABELING ACTIVITY 50 states ( points) Bodies of water ( points) Mountains ( points) Territorial Acquisitions ( points) Missouri Compromise ( point) (23 POSSIBLE POINTS) PART B: GEOGRAPHY QUESTIONS GRADE SCALE: = A = B = C = D 47 or below = E 13 colonies (6.5 points) 3 major regions (3 points) 15 slave states (15 points) 5 U.S. territories (2.5 points) 13 colonies ( points) 3 major regions ( points) 15 slave states ( points) 5 U.S. territories ( points) ( 27 POINTS POSSIBLE) Comments: FINAL GRADE = Out of 80 TOTAL PROJECT POINTS

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7 Some Final Words of Advice: 1. Enjoy your summer. These few assignments should not consume all of your free time this summer. Go to the movies, take a swim, or stroll the mall with your friends. You will wish for that free time during the school year! 2. Explore history. If you take a vacation, see if you can stop at an historical marker along the way. Or, do a little research about the place you are visiting. Take the time to start thinking historically. History is all around you if you allow yourself to see it! 3. Read. Try to read several books over the course of the summer. You will do a ton of reading in this class next year and if you are not in the habit of turning pages, it will be much more difficult to adjust. Read fiction, if that is your choice, but try picking up a historical book as well. There are some real page-turners about American history. Ask at the library or look on line to steer you in the right direction. 4. Write. Keep a journal for the summer, or try to write a short story. The more you write the easier it is to write well. You will do a lot of writing in this class. The more comfortable you are with writing the more successful you will be. 5. Become an informed citizen. Read the newspaper. Try to keep updated on the world s events. 6. Learn your geography. Geography is going to play an important part of this course. Do you know all 50 states? Learn them. Can you find the major mountain ranges of the US on a map? What about rivers, oceans and lakes? Memorize them! How about other continents: do you know the locations of countries in Latin America? Europe? Asia? The more you know about geography the farther ahead you will be. 7. Watch history movies! Do you really need to watch Ironman 3 again? Of course not! If you have a free evening try to watch something historical. Visit for suggestions, or type good history movie into Google and see what comes up! 8. Memorize the Presidents and their major accomplishments. This will help you prepare for the AP exam May, so you may as well get a jump start. Try to do them in blocks of 3: Washington, Adams, Jefferson (pause) Madison, Monroe, Adams 9. Explore your family history. Stuck for a conversation starter at dinner? Ask your elders what it was like growing up. Do they remember any significant events in American history? How were they affected? You ll be surprised how interesting people s lives really are. Enjoy your summer and get ready for a challenging and rewarding year in AP U.S. History! Ms. Owens & Mr. Wierzbicki

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