Does Christopher Columbus deserve a national holiday? Introduce students to the mercantilism system as they put the historical figures on trial. Keep their interest peeked when students will be given clues to solve the mystery of the lost colony of Roanoke.
Then give students their entry document that will ask them to answer the driving question of why people move through the point of view of a possible colonist. The students will have to write their own project proposal that answers the question: Why do people move? In their proposal they will need to address answer four areas of concern:
1) Why did Europeans explore?
2) Why are the dates: 1607 and 1620 significant?
3) How are the colonial regions different politically, socially and economically?
4) How does geography determine settlement patterns?
(All of it will be in the form of a family considering the move to the New World.)
This unit includes:
Teacher Resources- Answer key, rubric for the ending project, word wall with the new vocabulary, classroom norms, team norms, detailed suggested calendar (with discussion questions for debriefing)
Team Resources- Indictments for Mock trial with page for taking notes to prepare for trial, comprehension questions for each indictment, Solve the Mystery of the Lost Colony Clue sheets and debriefing questions.
Student Resources- Note taking suggestions, entry document, rubric and self assessment inventory
*A Bonus Pack Colonial America Regions: Manipulatives Click here
to go to it.
*Roots of Government: Colonial US History: Manipulatives Click here
to go to it.
*Social Hierarchy Placards for students to put themselves in the shoes of the colonist and to empathize what their dreams, fears and family hopes
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