Concepts for Chapter 1ís Primary: The Requerimiento of 1510 and How to Post in Discussion Topic 1-1

Why Concepts and Why Collaboration?. 1

Concepts for the Requerimiento of 1510 and Why We Are Doing an Abbreviated List. 1

Reading the Primary Multiple Times. 1

The Requirement for Careful Use of Subject Lines to Save Everyone Time and the 3 Types of Posts That Earn Points. 1

The Requirement for Your Using Only Two Sources for Definitions. 1

The Requirement for Signaling What You Wrote and What Merriam-Webster or Dr. Bibus Wrote. 1

Requirements You Can Tell Best by Looking at the Rubric. 1

Why Canít You See Your Post Until After I Read It. 1

Why Concepts and Why Collaboration?

Understanding concepts is frequently essential to understand accurately what you are reading, but students have different backgrounds. With on-campus classes, it is comparatively easy to cover key terms or concepts with a group. With distance learning classes, it has been difficult. I have permission from my Department to try this method to help students with concepts and to do in a way that means:

         That every student does not have to look up every concept but instead could collaborate or share the labor by posting definitions that all can use

         That students can ask or answer questions about those concepts

Concepts for the Requerimiento of 1510 and Why We Are Doing an Abbreviated List

The Requerimiento of 1510:

         Is the primary you will use for your first writing assignment

         Is a powerful way to help you avoid fantasies about this period of the past

         Is also one of the hardest things most students will read because they have trouble taking in that this is the way the world was (and still is in some places)

To help you, this is an abbreviated list of the Concepts for this Unit. A concept in gray is part of a set of concepts but it has not happened yet or it has not happened for the people covered in this primary.

Economic terms:

         Feudalism

         Mercantilism

         Capitalism

         Communism

         Fascism

 

Governmental terms:

         Tribe

         Kingdom or monarchy (ruler: king and/or queen)

         Nation state

         Constitutional monarchy

         Oligarchy

         Republic or representative democracy

 

Terms for developments in this era:

         Empire (ruler: emperor) and the words imperial and imperialism

         Colony

         Colonization

         Exploration

 

Terms about people who are not free by law:

         Servitude

         Master

         Slave

         Serf

         Bondage or bound

         Indentured servant

 

Tip: As I currently understand the history, the Spanish turn the Native Americans into the legal equivalent of serfs.

Terms about people who are free but have a feudal relationship of land and protection:

         Feudalism

         Lord

         Subject or vassal
Tip:Subject is used with feudalism but is still used as a term today for people in a monarchy. .
Vassal is used specifically with feudalism.

Terms for religions involved in events:

         Roman Catholicism

         Pope (related terms of papacy or St. Peter)

         Protestant Reformation

         Lutheranism

         Calvinism

         Anglicanism

 

Reading the Primary Multiple Times

Read the Requerimiento of 1510 first just to notice the time period. Use Discussion Topic 1-1 to increase your concept-vocabulary and then read it again.

Tip: Read this primary aloud as though you were the Spanish leader facing the Native Americans. Then think about how it would feel to hear this document read to you.

The Requirement for Careful Use of Subject Lines to Save Everyone Time and the 3 Types of Posts That Earn Points

A fellow student should not have to click on every discussion posting to find what he or she needs. Make it clear in the Subject line. Treat a Discussion posting like work where you get paid: no one pays you (if the boss) or no one likes you (if fellow workers) if you waste time.

         If you are posting a definition of one of the concepts above, you would place in the Subject line the word Concept and then the exact term from the lists.
If you were going to post a definition for the word slave in the list in the row above, you would type
Subject line for this example: Concept: Slave
Tip: You do a good deed for your colleagues in the class and you make points for this kind of post.

         If you found a word in the primary the Requerimiento of 1510 that you had to look up in order to understand the primary, you place in the Subject line the words Term in Primary and then the exact word. If you had to look up the word terra firma in the primary, you would type
Subject line for this example: Term in Primary: terra firma
Tip: You do a good deed for your colleagues in the class and you make points for this kind of post.

         If you are posting a question, you would place in the Subject line the word Question followed by the simplest way you can ask your question.
If you were confused about the difference between slaves and serfs, you would type
Example of the Subject line: Question: Whatís the difference between a slave and serf?
Tip: You do a good deed for your colleagues in the class and you make points for asking or answering a question.

The Requirement for Your Using Only Two Sources for Definitions

         You may use Merriam-Websterís Online Dictionary available at http://www.merriam-webster.com/
If you used that source for your definition, you would type at the end
From Merriam-Websterís Online Dictionary at http://www.merriam-webster.com/

         You may use definitions I provide with this primary.
If you copied a definition from my file, you would type at the end
Copied from the definitions provided by Dr. Bibus.

The Requirement for Signaling What You Wrote and What Merriam-Webster or Dr. Bibus Wrote

You may use either of the two methods shown in the example postings in the Topic 1-1:

         A pair of quotation marks (ďĒ) at the beginning and end of the words you are quoting. For an example, see the posting for Concept: slave.

         A box containing the definition. For an example, see the posting for Concept: vassal

If you insert words into anotherís words, you must use square brackets ( [ ] ). If you remove words from anotherís words, you must use ellipses (Ö). A better method is avoid all of these rules by using the Brain Trick in this link from the Good Habits for Evidence tutorial.

Requirements You Can Tell Best by Looking at the Rubric

This rubric means that students can earn a B- by reading posts.

The rubric also shows how grading works. Click here for the rubric.

Why Canít You See Your Post Until After I Read It

You will not be able to see your post until after I read it to be sure it is accurate. The reason is that once a false definition is in your head it will stay there.

I will normally read them each afternoon.