History 8-1, Roots of America




Assignment One
The Peopling of the Americas

Deadline, Dec. 2, 40 points

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What do current theories say about the migration of humans to North America?

What supports these claims? What challenges them?

What were Native societies like before the Europeans arrived?

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Anthropologists teach us that humans migrated to the Americas from Asia through a land bridge that crossed what is now the Bering Sea. After arriving in North America, modern humans traveled south and eventually reached the southern parts of South America. Along the way, they left artifacts. Just how much survived the glacial ice sheets is not known, but what is known is that by the time the Europeans arrived in the Americas, complex and differing communities and nations covered the continents.

In this assignment, we will take a very brief look at just what those people left and how they are viewed today.


Students will identify and describe the key vocabulary words and essential questions relating to the peopling of the Americas.



See the printed assignment. The link to it is located in the upper right portion of this page.

Essential questions

1. How do archaeologists and anthropologists view evidence about the ancient peopling of the Americas? What factors support their theories?
2. How did Native societies live and work prior to the arrival of the Europeans?

3. Explain the variety and lifestyles of the Natives in the Americas prior to the arrival of the Europeans.
4. How did Native societies respond to the arrival of European colonists?



Printed files

Click here to view a printed copy of this assignment.

Media files

To view the video about human migration to the Americas we used in class, click here.

To view the PowerPoint about the peopling of the Americas, click here.

Click here to read a fairly traditional view of human migration to the Americas - and some great artwork, too.

Click here to read an idea about human migration to the Americas that leans on the idea that people lived in Beringia for thousands of years, and did not just pass through it.

To view the notes about Europeans Come to the Americas, click here.

To view the PowerPoint about the Europeans Coming to the Americas, click here.

Online files

Click here to access Chapter One of the textbook.

To view the entire online textbook > Click here.


Sound files