History class

I expect at least 90 points.

Participation Activity #2 Colonial Legacies Pt. I: Native Peoples and the Conquest. The full directions are attached below and as a pdf file. You’ll submit/participate and discuss these films and primary source in Padlet. If you’re having difficulties posting your responses to Padlet, drop them in the new Discussion Board in “Assignments”, “Participation” Module- it has this title but says “submit here if you have issues with Padlet” (it’s right below this one; just click out of this one and scroll one assignment down).

Follow this link to access your class’s Padlet:

https://padlet.com/ProfContreras/gxv20k6dvfsats7r (Links to an external site.)

The full directions are clipped here, and attached.

Participation Activity #2 Colonial Legacies Pt. I: Native Peoples and the Conquest

Responses to be posted in Padlet- the link to post your responses is in Canvas, where this assignments is, and also attached with this announcement

DUE: original posts by Sunday Sept. 6th by 11:59pm

Response posts by Wednesday Sept. 9th by 11:59pm

Once you’ve read, watched and listened to all of our materials films and readings through the end of Colonial Legacies Pt I (see syllabus, announcements and study guides I gave you), write your responses to (you’re addressing two things):

Pt 1) one major theme from one of your films (listed below and posted in Padlet) You will have seen all films but you don’t have to write about all of them- choose a major issue or theme from one of them, tell us all about it, develop it, and tell us why that issue or theme is important for this hemisphere and for our “Colonial Legacies”. Show that you’re making connections with our readings.

Films: “Guns, Germs & Steel”; “500 Nations: Clash of Cultures (Caribbean)”; “Engineering an Empire: Aztec”; and “We Shall Remain: After the Mayflower”

(Sample themes: Spanish/English attitudes towards Natives; Religion; Germs; Technology; Native Societies and they organized their societies, adapted to their surroundings; Conquest; “Settler Colonialism” (English); there are plenty more you can address)

Length of Part I: one concise paragraph with specific examples.

Pt 2) your brief analysis of one of these primary sources (you’ve read them all but choose the one you found most interesting and analyze that one as a primary source):

*“The Requerimiento” (“the Requirement”, a primary source)

*Excerpts, Bartolomé de las Casas, “In Defense of the Indians,” and Juan Ginés de Sepulveda

1550 at “Great Debate” in Valladolid (short primary sources)

*“The Town Council of Huejotzingo (Mexico) to the King (of Spain)”, 1560 (Nahuatl language primary source)

For this part,

  1. a) Tell us all about the document that you’ve chosen.: who wrote it? to whom? when? why? what was its purpose?
  2. b) Provide historical context from our lectures and readings (Chasteen ch. 2 as well) what is going on at the time this primary source is produced?
  3. c) Analyze the primary source or document. Primary sources are very important for us, but as students as History, we know we can’t take them at full face value – why not? What are some assumptions behind these statements? Assumptions matter If we only read primary sources like this one you’re analyzing, do we get the full picture? If not, what other kind of primary sources or documents do we need to consult to have a full understanding of the topic/era?
  4. d) What specific contributions does your primary source or document make to our understanding of the history of the modern Americas?

Length of Part I: one concise paragraph with specific examples.

Write your essay in a word processing program so you can always have a copy. Proofread it. Spell-check it. Copy what you wrote and paste it under your film or primary source that you’re addressing (it says “Add comment”- drop it there. Make sure your full name is there so that we all know who everyone is when replying to each other and when I record).

Response to two of your classmates’ posts/insights. You are also required to respond to at least two other student’s post (see the due date for that one)- one can be on a film or primary source you also wrote about, one should be on a different film or primary source you didn’t write about. You can amplify on a point made, raise a related point, discuss the issue in relation to other documents, agree or disagree with supporting evidence (in a constructive way), and/or raise new informed questions that we should all think about. One well-developed, and well-supported paragraphs should suffice for your response.

See our grading rubric in our syllabus for our content based assignments.