US history

Camilla Townsend’s book, Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma, is important for many reasons. Perhaps chief among them is that it shows how Native Americans were not supposedly primitive obstacles in the way of English colonization; rather, they managed the process on their own terms.

Choose one of the questions below to answer in your initial post (no more than 11 initial posts per question), and post your three replies by the second deadline (two of them need to be about the other two prompts you didn’t answer):

  1. If we explore major moments in Pocahontas life from the perspective Townsend offers in her book, what do we learn about Algonquian (or Powhatan) Indians at the time of colonization? For example, what do the actions of Pocahontas in her kidnapping, imprisonment, marriage, conversion to Christianity, and death tell us about the complexity of Native Americans around the time Europeans arrived in North America? As part of your answer, choose at least three major moments in Pocahontas’s life and explains those events from her perspective (as opposed to the perspective of someone like John Smith).
  2. Imagine that you are Pocahontas. Assume it is 1617, you have actually survived your trip to England, and you return with your husband to Virginia and report to Opechankeno. You offer advice based on your experiences during the last decade on how the Powhatans should deal with the English. Use at least three experiences (drawn from three different chapters) to support the advice you think she might have given and the way she might have assessed the motives and behavior of the English.
  3. Imagine that you are John Smith in 1624. You are called upon to offer advice to the Virginia Company in the wake of the 1622 attack about how they have mismanaged the colony. You draw heavily on your own experience in the colony, especially your meetings with Powhatan and Pocahontas, but also on the history of the colony after your departure. Use material from at least three chapters to formulate your advice, and you may also use materials found in the textbook.

General Instructions:

The initial response should be more than 500 words and around 3-4 paragraphs. (Take note that this is longer than the topical discussion post … it’s also worth twice as much). PLEASE DO NOT PLAGIARIZE … it’s not worth it. 

  • Your answer should begin with a concise thesis as a direct answer to the question,
  • it should analyze the main ideas presented in the reading,
  • and it must cite specific supporting details from the reading (meaning that you need to actually talk about examples and details in the response … there are only 2 sources (the book and the textbook), so I’m not expecting any more detailed citations than a brief title and a page number or ebook location number).

By the next deadline, you need to have also responded to at least three of your classmates’ initial posts. Replies should be at least 100 words, and they must advance the conversation by replying with additional details and information (evidence) from the book in question. In other words, you need to say something that they haven’t said yet. 

For the replies, I expect that your replies to follow a framework called “3C+Q.” You must include a Compliment (this is where you identify something specific in the original post and explain what stood out), a Comment (this is where you specifically engage the post by saying something like, “I agree/disagree that … because … ), a Connection (this is where you really move things forward. You could write something like “I also read/thought/heard/saw … and noticed this …”), and a Question (I wonder how/who/why/what/where …).

Please note that I am NOT asking you to critique the grammar, clarity, spelling, etc. of your classmates’ posts (it’s pedantic in regular conversations, and it kills any kind of good faith dialogue).

Each Book Discussion is worth 100 points, (70 for the initial post and 10 each for the three replies).

US history

Camilla Townsend’s book, Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma, is important for many reasons. Perhaps chief among them is that it shows how Native Americans were not supposedly primitive obstacles in the way of English colonization; rather, they managed the process on their own terms.

Choose one of the questions below to answer in your initial post (no more than 11 initial posts per question), and post your three replies by the second deadline (two of them need to be about the other two prompts you didn’t answer):

  1. If we explore major moments in Pocahontas life from the perspective Townsend offers in her book, what do we learn about Algonquian (or Powhatan) Indians at the time of colonization? For example, what do the actions of Pocahontas in her kidnapping, imprisonment, marriage, conversion to Christianity, and death tell us about the complexity of Native Americans around the time Europeans arrived in North America? As part of your answer, choose at least three major moments in Pocahontas’s life and explains those events from her perspective (as opposed to the perspective of someone like John Smith).
  2. Imagine that you are Pocahontas. Assume it is 1617, you have actually survived your trip to England, and you return with your husband to Virginia and report to Opechankeno. You offer advice based on your experiences during the last decade on how the Powhatans should deal with the English. Use at least three experiences (drawn from three different chapters) to support the advice you think she might have given and the way she might have assessed the motives and behavior of the English.
  3. Imagine that you are John Smith in 1624. You are called upon to offer advice to the Virginia Company in the wake of the 1622 attack about how they have mismanaged the colony. You draw heavily on your own experience in the colony, especially your meetings with Powhatan and Pocahontas, but also on the history of the colony after your departure. Use material from at least three chapters to formulate your advice, and you may also use materials found in the textbook.

General Instructions:

The initial response should be more than 500 words and around 3-4 paragraphs. (Take note that this is longer than the topical discussion post … it’s also worth twice as much). PLEASE DO NOT PLAGIARIZE … it’s not worth it. 

  • Your answer should begin with a concise thesis as a direct answer to the question,
  • it should analyze the main ideas presented in the reading,
  • and it must cite specific supporting details from the reading (meaning that you need to actually talk about examples and details in the response … there are only 2 sources (the book and the textbook), so I’m not expecting any more detailed citations than a brief title and a page number or ebook location number).

By the next deadline, you need to have also responded to at least three of your classmates’ initial posts. Replies should be at least 100 words, and they must advance the conversation by replying with additional details and information (evidence) from the book in question. In other words, you need to say something that they haven’t said yet. 

For the replies, I expect that your replies to follow a framework called “3C+Q.” You must include a Compliment (this is where you identify something specific in the original post and explain what stood out), a Comment (this is where you specifically engage the post by saying something like, “I agree/disagree that … because … ), a Connection (this is where you really move things forward. You could write something like “I also read/thought/heard/saw … and noticed this …”), and a Question (I wonder how/who/why/what/where …).

Please note that I am NOT asking you to critique the grammar, clarity, spelling, etc. of your classmates’ posts (it’s pedantic in regular conversations, and it kills any kind of good faith dialogue).

Each Book Discussion is worth 100 points, (70 for the initial post and 10 each for the three replies).