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How should historians present Christopher Columbus to future generations?

How should historians present Christopher Columbus to future generations?

On Thursday you will be required to hand in last days questions on exploration!  I will give you 25 minutes of class time to complete them before we move on.

Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain?

Point of View: Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain 
The History:
Columbus and those who followed him brought people to the Americas– Europeans of all kinds and later African slaves to fill the plantation system’s labor needs. With the early arrivals came diseases unheard of in the Western Hemisphere.

Smallpox alone killed an estimated 50-90% of existing populations. In the other direction, at least one disease—syphilis—traveled to Europe and did tremendous damage in the years to follow.  Europeans also brought their religion (primarily Catholicism), their weapons, and their iron tools. The lives of Native Americans changed dramatically: religion affected cultural
practices and belief systems, guns destroyed populations and later advanced hunting techniques, and tools changed agricultural practices. Unlike the plant and animal exchanges, the people exchange clearly favored Europe and allowed them to take full
advantage of the Americas.

The Debate:
Over the past 500 years, historians have developed two views of Columbus. The first, more positive view, highlights Columbus’ navigational skills, his courage, and his drive to explore. He has often been cast as a perfect American hero—independent
and progressive. Europe certainly thanked him for centuries, as his explorations led to great riches and worldwide economic advantage. The second view focuses on the damage Columbus did, especially to peoples living in the Americas. The diseases he and others after him brought with them led to the destruction of native populations. The settlement and invasions that followed effectively destroyed those native cultures. In addition, Columbus treated the Native Americans badly and was a poor colonial governor. Nonetheless, Columbus began the interaction between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres that expanded knowledge on both sides. This eventually led to the modernworld as we know it. For this, he justifiably earns both praise and criticism.
Source: abc-clio

Discussion Questions:
1. How should historians present Christopher Columbus to future generations?

2. Do you think Christopher Columbus should be blamed for the problems Europeans
created for the native populations?

II. Create T-Chart below based on the information from the lesson and your opinion.


Accomplishments of Christopher Columbus


Renaissance Dinner Party….in the morning

Renaissance Dinner Party….in the morning


So excited for our Renaissance Dinner Party in the morning on April 15th (Monday).

A few websites for research

Class books!

Today you were given your Renaissance Person and are in the process of completing the biography!  Please do some at home so that on Thursday I can help you with any other questions you may have.

On Thursday, we will complete the bio and you will be required to post what you learned on your blog.  There are 2 parts to this…you may get started on the post and then after the dinner party post an image and post reflection. If you were absent see me ASAP so you can get your Renaissance person assigned.

The day of the dinner party I will ask you to meet the rest of the Renaissance Artists, Inventors etc… and take notes.  These notes are to be used for a self-check quiz next class on this unit! I will give you time to complete blog posts on April 17th.

If you would like to bring something to share with the class (keep it simple) you can but not necessary.  Focus on your Renaissance person and look over the criteria. Looking forward to a great Dinner Party (keep the tradition going…)

Psychological Therapies/Treatment

Psychological Therapies/Treatment

On Wednesday I will go over your FRQ on Schizophrenia!  Be ready to share.  I will then show you an example FRQ that is a bit more difficult.  I will provide MC practice questions for you today. We will begin our LAST and FINAL unit!  Can you believe it?  The next few weeks I need you all to focus and make sure you attend class.  It is important as we begin the REVIEW for the AP exam on MAY 9th(please see College Board Website).

NOTE:  PSYCH DISORDERS TEST/Therapy WILL BE NEXT TUESDAY(not thur) and will only be 25-30 marks.  Only MC.

Therapy Mind Maps:  These will be due next Thursday (April 18th). Watch the above videos!!! These will help you

Tuesday April 16th (test and analogies for practice)

Thursday April 18th (Mind maps are due, practice AP exam entire class)

Wednesday April 24th (FRQ practice exams)  Bubbling party after school in MPR

Friday April 26th (Group Work on FRQ continued and case studies to diagnose)

Wednesday May 1st (Mr. Morton exam review with class)

Friday May 2nd (Kahoot MC review and last practice exam)

May 7 (Last class before the EXAM…last look and discussion at any topics..)

May 9 (EXAM DAY) 





Monday we will be finishing up our unit!  That means we will have FRQ practice on Schizophrenia and I will go over personality disorders.  On Wednesday we will review to prepare for our test coming up soon. It will be combined with Therapy and Treatment.