Monday, September 7, 2015

The Island At The center of the World (HUM)

Over the summer you read The Island at the Center of the World by Russel Shorto.  This book brings to light some things that were previously ignored in general narrative of American History.

(Mr Schwarten Does Not Affiliate Link on this Blog.  I just thought I would provide a link for the author who worked so hard on his book.  In the internet world when you share and help each other out good things happen.)


Below are the four video clips that need to be watched for HW before Tuesday's class for discussion. Use the sheet to guide your thinking as you watch.

Video 1: Why don’t Americans know their own Dutch History?




1.                    Do you feel Shorto’s assessment of what Americans know about early American history is accurate?  Explain.




2.                   Why has this period been left out of the historical narrative regarding American History and why are we looking at it now?  Does this matter?  Explain.

Video 2: What’s left of New Amsterdam in Lower Manhattan?



1.                   What is the main idea of this video?

2.                   Write down 3 bullets of information that you think is important.

 3.                   Write down 2 questions you may have about this video to share in class. 

Below is a link to the map that they use to point things out.  Keep an eye out when you travel to NYC in October!

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zAVLbwmOVBwY.kT4J8kLas_3o

Video 3: A Forgotten American Founding Father:  Adriaan van der Donck


1.                   What is the main idea of this video?


2.                   Write down 3 bullets of information that you think is important.



3.                   Write down 2 questions you may have about this video to share in class. 


Video 4:  How New Amsterdam Influenced America


1.                   What is the main idea of this video?


2.                   Write down 3 bullets of information that you think is important.


3.                   Write down 2 questions you may have about this video to share in class.


4.                   As A media student, what did you think of these videos as a vehicle for history?  Design?  Etc.  Write down anything that comes to mind.  









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