When you can accomplish the learning objectives for this lesson, you should begin work on the progress evaluation described below. You may use any assigned readings, your notes, and other course-related materials to complete this assignment. There are three separate uploads for this progress evaluation, and it is worth a total of 50 points.
American Map Information (1 point each)
Click on the map at right to view, download, and print a larger version. Then identify the following historical and geographical locations (questions 1–10) on the map. For geographical areas, shade the portion of the country that best represents the geographic region at that time and label it. Be as neat as possible. After you have completed your map, you will need to scan your map for uploading (.jpg, .png, or .pdf format).
- Mississippi River
- James River
- Chesapeake Bay
- Appalachian Mountains
- the fall line
- St. Augustine
World Map Information (1 point each)
Click on the map at right to view, download, and print a larger version. Then identify the following historical and geographical locations (questions 11–20) on the map. For geographical areas, shade the portion of the country that best represents the geographic region at that time and label it. Be as neat as possible. After you have completed your map, you will need to scan your map as a .jpg for uploading.
- New Spain
- New France
- Mexico City
- Spanish Florida
- St. Lawrence River
- Hudson Bay
Type your responses to questions 21–23 into one document for uploading (.doc or .rtf format only).
Petition for Sponsorship (10 points)
Write your petition in the form of a letter at least four paragraphs in length (approximately 250 words), with one paragraph dedicated to each set of questions below. Documents 1 and 2 on the Faragher CD-ROM will provide an example of such a letter. Your petition will be evaluated for following instructions, completeness (you provide all the information requested), clarity of expression, and coherence of thought.
- Pretend you are Columbus and write a petition to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain proposing your plan for exploration, because during the Age of Discovery, expeditions were funded by heads of state—in other words, the crowned kings and queens of Europe. You are asking for sponsorship (in this case, funding and protection) for your voyage to discover an all-water passage to the East Indies.
You will need to utilize information from the commentary and from the textbook, Out of Many, in order to explain the reasons for European exploration of the New World and to explain your goals for your mission. Pay close attention to maps of European exploration.
Include answers to all of the following:
- Where are you planning to go? Be specific as far as direction, route, date of departure, and date of return.
- What are you hoping to find? Describe your economic, political, and religious goals for the expedition.
- What supplies and resources will you need for the trip? Include information on ships, sailors, weapons, trade supplies, and anything else you might need.
- What is your expectation of payment or glory for the expedition? Be specific about what you believe your contribution will be to the nation of Spain and what you want out of your success.
Sailor's Letter Home (5 points)
Your answer should be in the form of a letter 75–125 words in length. Your letter will be evaluated for following instructions, completeness (that is, you give all the information requested), clarity of expression, and general coherence.
- Pretend you are a sailor on Christopher Columbus's first voyage to the New World. Write a letter home describing your experience on this voyage. Using historical information from the commentary, provide evidence to disprove one of the following myths: (a) Columbus discovered America or (b) Columbus was a great hero triumphing over significant odds and displaying intense bravery.
American Indian Oral History (15 points)
Your answer should be written as a story or a speech, double-spaced, and approximately one page, or between 300 and 350 words in length. Your oral history will be evaluated for following instructions, completeness (that is, you provide all the information requested), clarity of expression, and general coherence.
- Pretend you are Powhatan looking back on your first contacts with the English on the colonial Virginia coast several years after the event. Write a story or speech to your community describing your experiences. Be sure to include information regarding cultural misconceptions and mutual misunderstandings between the two groups. Use Document 2-2 on the Faragher CD-ROM as a reference. Include the following information:
- description of the ships and sailors who landed in colonial Virginia—How would you describe ships that you had never seen before? How did you communicate with people who spoke a different language? How would you describe their clothing, which is completely different from American Indian dress?
- description of a personal encounter with John Smith—Why and how did you agree to help Smith and the settlement of Jamestown? How did Pocahontas and Smith interact? How did the men and women of the tribe interact with the English?
You are about to turn in your first written assignment for this course. Make sure you can answer "yes" to the following questions before you upload your work:
- Is the work my own? Learning is up to you, and the MU community takes academic integrity seriously.
- Did I credit words or ideas to the people who published or shared them on the Web? Plagiarism is using someone else's words or ideas without crediting or "citing" their work. Students who plagiarize will be penalized depending on their instructor and the situation. Don't be afraid to use sources when you write, just make sure you "give credit where credit is due."
Need help figuring out when you should cite other people's words or ideas? Read about "Avoiding Plagiarism"
from Purdue University or contact Mizzou Online
with questions for your instructor.
Uploads to prepare: 3 (.jpg, .png, or .pdf format for the maps and .doc, .docx or .rtf format for the written work)
Final check: Are you able to answer "yes" to these questions?
(Also use to check feedback once submitted.)