Unit 9: Rivals in the New World


Unit 9 High School

Unit Overview

Subjects Covered
Grammar, Literature, Composition, History
Time Period
Reformation and Revolutions
Grade Level
High School: 9 – 12
Spanish, Dutch, French, English
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud – William Wordsworth

NewAmsterdamUnit Description

“Side by side with the English colonies grew up French settlements on the north, and Dutch posts in the center, which contested with the English the control of the seaboard and the best routes into the interior. Under their brilliant King Henry IV the French revived their American claims, and in 1603 he issued a royal patent, with a monopoly of the fur trade, to the Sieur de Monts for the territory between the 40th and 46th degrees of latitude, under the name of Acadie…” – Albert Bushnell Hart
What followed was a series of struggles by the most powerful countries in Europe, for control of the lands in the New World.

Leading Ideas and Biblical Principles

  • History is HIS Story – God’s story of love, mercy, and redemption through Christ.
    • He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. — Ephesians 1‍:‍9-10
  • God’s providential hand governs and times all events and provides for His Creation according to His plan and purposes.
    • The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.  And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.- Acts 17: 24 – 27
  • Godly leadership and servanthood are necessary for one to be a true reforming influence.
    • …whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many..- Matthew 20:26-28
  • God raises up and removes leaders.
    • He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning..- Daniel 2: 21

Unit 9 Resources: High School

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Lesson One: History

Lesson One Assignments:

  • Review the discussion questions, then read the article: Rivals of England and the Great West, pages 6 – 11.
  • Narrate about today’s reading using the appropriate notebook page. Be sure to answer the discussion questions and include key people, events, and dates within the narration.
  • Be sure to visit www.ArtiosHCS.com for additional resources.

Lesson One Discussion Questions:

  • On what pretext did Argall destroy the settlement at Mount Desert?
  • What was Acadia (Acadie)?
  • What made the Iroquois so powerful?
  • Why did the Swedish colony fail?
  • What did La Salle aim to accomplish?
  • What forts did La Salle found?
  • What were the various names applied to the Mississippi River?
  • Describe Champlain’s adventures in America.
  • Describe Hudson’s voyage on the Half-Moon.
  • Describe the methods and results of the Jesuit missions.
  • What are some of the earliest accounts of the Chicago River?
  • Describe La Salle’s exploration of the Mississippi.

Unit 9 Literature Assignment

  • Read the assignment background information, then create a list of figures of speech in your reading journal and create or research examples of each one.
  • Write an author profile on William Wordsworth. You might want to start here.
  • Read Wordsworth’s poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.”
    Activity While Reading: Paraphrase the poem. Find the figures of speech used in the poem. Name the figure of speech and write the example from the poem.
  • Write a lyric poem using a similar style to Wordsworth. Your poem should contain at least five examples of figures of speech. Use these notes to help you create your poem.
    • Lyric Poetry: “highly musical verse that expresses the speaker’s feelings and observations. In ancient times poems were sung with accompaniment from a lyre. Modern lyric poems, although usually not sung, still possess musical qualities –rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, and onomatopoeia. Examples of lyric poems include “The Eagle” by Alfred Lord Tennyson, “The Bells” by Edgar Allan Poe, and “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth.”
    • The lyric poem is always written in first person.


Additional Maps:

Complimentary Sources:


Samuel de Champlain Biography & Video

America’s First Nations – Iroquois

Colonial King Phillips’ War Part 1

Colonial King Phillips’ War Part 2

Understanding William Wordsworth



Paul Bril


Some Composers:

Jacopo Peri


John Day