Apologies for not being terribly entertaining today, guys. I’m feeling pretty rotten. And alas, that means you’ve going to be responsible for this information through independent work. Tonight, you need to finish up the following assignments using your textbooks (if you didn’t finish them in class):
- Imperial Russia Organizer— Please complete a PERSIA analysis of both the reigns of Ivan IV (the Terrible) and Peter the Great. Be sure to note the causes of change or continuity in the arrows between each ruler.
- Caribbean Slavery vs Serfdom— Coercive and forced labor forms become increasingly important during this unit, so you’ll need to complete this compare-and-contrast worksheet to help you understand the similarities and differences in labor systems. Don’t forget to write a comparative thesis statement as part of this assignment. (Also: I won’t say anything in class, but this would make a really great comparative essay topic. Gosh.)
- Peter the Great: Correspondence with His Son— And finally, please read the associated letter from Peter the Great to his son, Alexei, on the topic of absolutism and power. There’s one analytical question on this exchange which you will need to answer on a separate sheet of paper.
If you need further information on Ivan IV and Peter the Great, or if you’re just fascinated by Imperial Russia in general, you might consider watching the documentary below:
Now! As to your DBQ rewrite. Remember, you are not required to rewrite your Black Death DBQ– but many of you probably would like. If you would, your rewrite will be due at the start of class on October 29th. If you have lost your documents for this DBQ, you can download another copy here: Black Death DBQ.