Teaching with Russell Shorto’s book Island at the Center of the World
Students will examine primary documents and secondary sources to analyze the effects of the Dutch West India Company settlement in North America.
Students will be able to identify the role of geography, seventeenth-century Dutch law, and commercial interests of the DWIC in the development of New Amsterdam.
Students will analyze the encounters of the settlers of New Amsterdam with the indigenous...
analyze a variety of primary sources related to the completion of the transcontinental railroad.
investigate celebratory images and a poem to discover some of the key outcomes that arose from the ability to move easily and quickly from coast to coast.
analyze engravings about the completion of the transcontinental railroad.
discover some of the key outcomes that arose from the ability to move...
examine, explain, and evaluate a variety of literary and visual primary sources that describe and depict the development and impact of railroads on sectional relationships, national unity, and economic growth during the nineteenth century.
analyze and assess eyewitness accounts, a notable photograph, and two maps of railway routes.
read, discuss, and draw conclusions about the text and major concepts.
make a sound response to one of several possible “essential...