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Big Era Six: Landscape Unit 6.5

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The Making of the Atlantic Rim
1500 - 1800 CE

Why This Unit?

This unit leads students through an investigation of the formation of this new world region, which included peoples of European, African, and Native American origin. The first part of the investigation is a comparison of several maps made by Europeans that show the European perspective on the names and geographic relationships among the three regions. The second lesson leads students to analyze the voluntary and forced migrations of peoples within the Atlantic basin. Two lessons follow in which students compare stories of people who contributed to the new societies that emerged in the 1500-1800 period. The stories serve as a reflection of the millions of lives that were altered when the Atlantic rim world was created as an interactive “world.” In using the analytical tools of the historian, students question the extent to which peoples in each region helped create the new societies of the Atlantic rim.

Unit Objectives

Upon completing this unit, students will be able to:

1.) Analyze how Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans contributed to the creation of the Atlantic rim.

2.) Compare the contributions different peoples made to the new societies of the Atlantic rim.

Time and Materials

Teaching all lessons in the unit will take about a week of 45-minute class periods.

Table of Contents

Why this unit?

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Unit objectives

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Time and materials

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Authors

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The historical context

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This unit in the Big Era time line

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Lesson 1: Maps and the Making of the Atlantic Rim

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Lesson 2: Migration and Demography in the Atlantic Rim
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Lesson 3: Women in the Atlantic Rim
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Lesson 4: Men in the Atlantic Rim
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Assessment
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This unit and the Three Essential Questions
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This unit and the Seven Key Themes
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This unit and the Standards in Historical Thinking
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Resources
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Correlations to National and State Standards and to Textbooks
50

Conceptual links to other lessons
Complete Teaching Unit in PDF format

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