Starting this Monday, students will start a new academic unit on identity and the development of the colonies in the Americas. This time period ranging from pre-Columbus (before 1492) through 1740s with the "Great Awakening" religious movement in America, which had a tremendous impact on the American Revolution. This will bring us very close to the beginning of the seeds of the American Revolution. Also in this time period three cultures that interact and clash are the Native American, African and European. This interaction and sharing of ideas will be a theme and emphasis in the coming week and a half.
Africa - students will explore and learn about western Africa before slave trade and building on what they learned in previous grades about the ancient kingdoms of Africa and the highly developed learning community of Timbuktu.
Europe - students will be able to understand what political and religious movements like the Protestant Reformation and English Reformation, which caused wide panic and a lack of stability in this region and spurred colonization in other parts of the world.
Americas - students will be able to understand what the Americas were like before European colonization and development. Students will learn that over five hundred nations or tribes existed in the Americas before Columbus.