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AP(R) World History Teaching Unit C3: The Encounters of 1492 and Their Influence on the Wider World

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Note: Please be advised that these teaching units were created prior to the course revisions implemented in the 2011-12 academic year. However, the units still address topics central to the revised course. [Electronic Document] The encounters from 1492 through 1550 brought together three worlds placed at the fringes of the Atlantic: the worlds of Europeans, Africans, and Amerindians. Three distinct cultural and historical experiences came together, although the peoples were far from equal in power. This unit emphasizes the changing conceptualizations and relationships of the groups, several of the major exchanges among the groups, and the impact of these exchanges worldwide.

The six lessons of this unit focus on contrasting the worldviews of Amerindians and Europeans, tracing the initial encounters between Amerindians and Europeans, analyzing diseases from Africa and Europe as they affected the Americas, evaluating the biological mixing of the three continental populations, the exchange of foods among continents, and a review of the unit.

Student activities include exploring worldviews through text documents with an "option schema," analyzing initial encounters through "inner/outer circle," writing a newspaper article, discussing text documents in class and in writing, and participating in a talk show.

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65 pages

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Approximately 340 kb