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Hialeah Gardens High School

Advanced Placement United States History

Summer Assignments
Mrs. Borges

Advanced Placement U.S. History is a college-level course that students may take to fulfill the
11th grade Social Studies requirement for graduation. The AP U.S. History course is designed to
provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with
the problems and materials in U.S. history. These summer assignments should give you an
idea of what to expect at the start of the school year.

There are four general purposes for this preparatory work:

1. To get your juices flowing about American history, particularly our first topic of Colonial
2. To accelerate our movement through this topic. As students, you all have briefly covered
Colonial America at some point, therefore, we will move quickly through this topic.
3. To orient you to the workload and variety you will have this year. Reading is your primary
“homework” all year long. What you do with this information is to analyze and respond to it.
These assignments will give you a taste of these processes.
4. To help you start thinking like a historian. How do we know what we know about the past?
What evidence do we use to understand history, and how reliable is that evidence?

Any information or updates will be posted be posted on our class blog. Please check for
updates regularly. Stay informed!

The following book may be purchased at a local bookstore (Barnes & Noble, Borders, etc.) or at
an online store (Amazon, B&N,, etc.) The book may be new or used. You may also
check the book out from a local library if available, but purchasing your own copy is highly

American Colonies: The Settling of North America (The Penguin History of the United States,
Volume1), By Alan Taylor, ISBN: 0142002100

As with all units of study, learning objectives will help focus your thinking and confirm your
understanding. As you work through these assignments, think about answers to the following
1. How did English motivations for settlement differ from Spanish motivations for settlement?
Were there similarities?
2. What were the differences in Spanish and English patterns of settlement and colonial
3. How did the Protestant Reformation influence migration to the American colonies?
4. How did Chesapeake, Virginia, Massachusetts, and the Middle Colonies (PA) vary in their
settlement patterns?
5. The origins of slavery.
Assignment # 1: Purchase and read American Colonies: The Settling of North America (The
Penguin History of the United States, Volume1), By Alan Taylor, ISBN: 0142002100
This book will serve as an introduction to colonial America. As with all readings this year, keep
in mind the learning objectives as you read; these are some of the essential things you must
know. Also, you have been given a list of key terms for this unit. Look for them as you read,
and get to know them (note that they may not all be in the summer reading). The key terms
must be hand written on notebook paper. Typed key terms will not be accepted.

Assignment # 2: After reading, it’s time to do some writing. Instructions for this assignment are
noted on the attached sheet entitled “BOATS-R-US COLONIAL RELOCATION SERVICES,
INC.” You are to write a fictitious letter describing a colonial region; either Chesapeake Virginia,
Massachusetts, or Pennsylvania. Do not be overly concerned about the timeframe of this letter-
it may be as broad as you need (within the rough confines of 1607 – 1720) to convey some
sense of the region. Your goal is to describe the region in a way that your client, Lord Walker,
will find helpful. All the background you should need is contained in the pages you have read
and your current understanding. You may also use an additional outside source of your choice if
necessary. Be creative! Have fun!

Assignment # 3: Map Work (Directions and blank map below)

* Readings and assignments must be completed by the first day of class, August 24, 2009.

1. John Winthrop 25. Anne Hutchinson

2. Henry VIII 26. covenant of grace vs. covenant of works
3. Protestant Reformation 27. Dutch West India Company
4. Church of England (Anglican) 28. New Netherlands/New Amsterdam
5. Puritans 29. William Penn
6. John Calvin 30. middle passage
7. James I and Charles I (Stuarts) 31. Bacon’s Rebellion (1676)
8. Virginia Company of London 32. half-way covenant
9. Jamestown, 1607 33. mercantilism
10. Captain John Smith 34. Navigation Acts – 1651, 1660, 1663,
11. Pocahontas 1673
12. “Starving Time” 35. Lords of Trade and Plantations (Board
13. John Rolfe of Trade)
14. 1619 (key events) 36. triangular trade
15. indentured servitude 37. Dominion of New England
16. headright system 38. Regulators
17. Separatists (“Pilgrims”) 39. Jonathan Edwards
18. Congregationalists (Massachusetts 40. George Whitefield
Bay) 41. new lights vs. old lights
19. Plymouth, 1620 42. Seven Years’ War (1754 – 63)
20. Mayflower Compact 43. salutory (benign) neglect
21. William Bradford 44. Ohio Country
22. Massachusetts Bay Colony 45. Albany Congress (1754)
23. “City Upon a Hill” 46. Proclamation Line of 1763
24. Roger Williams
Lucky you! You are a relocation agent for Boats-R-Us Colonial Relocation
Services, Inc. which has recently sent you on a long, long (1607-1720 approx)
scouting trip to the American colonies. You have just returned to London and your
favorite client, Lord Walker, has requested that you write him about your
experiences in one of the colonies since he plans on taking up residence in the
New World for a few generations. Obviously, your client is a wise and enterprising
young man, but he needs your assistance in picking a place he can call home. As
a professional, you are concerned about his future happiness so you should be
careful to warn him about some of the pitfalls, and perhaps you may wish to share
some advice on achieving political and personal success. Other things of interest
to your client may include:

• Physical geography
• Type of people in the colony
• Social structure
• Key colonial leaders
• Economic pursuits/opportunities
• Religious climate
• Organization of the colony (towns, etc.)
• Hardships, problems

Your letter should be 300-500 words in length and it may be “dropped” within any
timeframe of colonial America. (Obviously, colonies had different founding dates
and your “window” may be as open or closed as you would like) Remember, be

Directions: Using the map below to fill in the listed locations. Use colored pencils for all of the
coloring, unless otherwise noted. Include a map key. This map will be used as a resource
periodically throughout the year. *Note: two maps may be used to complete the assignment:

• Outline the states with a dark pen
• Label each state using CAPITAL LETTERS and your best handwriting or type them out
and glue them in place on the map
• Color each state a different color from those bordering it
• Label each state’s capital and mark it with a star
• Use a dark pen when writing them in (you may type the capitals as well)
• The Great Lakes and the Great Salt Lake
• Label and color them blue
• Mississippi, Missouri, Colorado, Rio Grande, Ohio, Columbia
• Label and outline them in blue
• Use a purple pen to indicate the borders of the original 13 colonies
• Use a green pen to indicate the area acquired from France in 1803 (the Louisiana
• Use a pink pen to indicate the area acquired by the 1848 Mexican Cession
• Use a yellow pen to indicate the borders of the Oregon Country
• Use a brown pen to indicate the area acquired in the Gadsden Purchase
• Use an orange pen to indicate the borders of the Independent Republic of Texas
• Use a blue pen to indicate the Union states during the Civil War
• Use a red pen to indicate the Southern states during the Civil War

**Outline the areas then lightly shade them in with the same colored color pencil**