IB History of the Americas

  • Summer 2020 Reading Assignment
    IB History of the Americas

    This year the summer assignment for AP U.S. History and IB History of the Americas will be different. For IB, the assignment outlined before will be very useful for the course’s focus on American slavery and its importance in the making of American history. It will also serve as a great link to the senior IB History HL course that requires students to utilize primary sources to understand global historical continuities, especially in relation to apartheid in South Africa and the African American Civil Rights Movement.

    This summer you will read The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass. Along with reading the book (about 84 pages), you will need to complete the attached reading questions, which will count as a grade. In the first week of the fall semester, you will take an exam related to the content of the book, for which you will be allowed to use your HANDWRITTEN reading notes (and the attached questions), so it is in your best interest to take detailed notes while you read. The book is in the public domain and is available as a PDF at http://www.scsk12.org/schools/americanway.ms/site/documents/Douglass_Narrativepdf.pdf or on the Lubbock High summer assignment website. You can also buy a copy of the book for cheap at any bookseller, get a Kindle version for free from Amazon, or check out a copy at the library.

    Additionally, students must create a creative project that compares the ideas expressed by Frederick Douglass to another narrative of an oppressed person or group from some other point in United States or world history. For instance, students might want to research how Douglass’s narrative connects to:


    • Post-slavery African American narratives (1865-)

    • Narratives of people of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean

    • Native American narratives in the United States, Latin American, or Canada

    • Jewish narratives in Europe and the United States (Spanish Inquisition, pogroms, the Holocaust, etc.)

    • Muslim narratives in Europe and the United States (Spanish Reconquista, modern minority groups, etc.)

    • Japanese narratives during internment in World War II in the United States and Canada

    • Black narratives in Apartheid South Africa

    • Irish narratives under British rule

    • Indian narratives under the British Raj; Dalit narratives in India; Muslim narratives in India (post-1946)

    • Aboriginal narratives in Australia

    • Maori narratives in New Zealand

    These are not prescriptive or exhaustive, so you should feel free to research a topic of your choice. Additionally, you may work with a partner if you choose. The creative product can be an essay, graphic novel, piece of visual art, a poem, a vlog or other video, podcast, or another creative product. It is important that this product be appropriate in content and must be completed by the first week of the fall semester. Part of your grade will be based on the depth of comparison, including a bibliography of sources used for your research (see rubric on page four below). Another part of your grade will be based on a presentation you (or you and your partner) will give to the class over your project. Presentation information will be discussed during the first two days of the school year; work on your presentation will be some of your first homework in the fall semester.

    For any questions, please email me at  thomas.reynolds@lubbockisd.org 

    Have a great summer!

    Thomas Reynolds, M.A.
    IB History of the Americas and IB World Topics