This is a project based learning assignment that lasts about 2-3 days. Groups of students(2-4) use a planning sheet to strategically plan out how their proposed colony will survive in the new world. They then create visuals and pitch their ideas in the Royal court in order to get them to sponsor their colony with ships and start up supplies. The Crown uses a provided rubric to grade the presentation and gives an offer of support. The team then evaluates the offer to determine if it is helpful or will cause the colony to fail. They also have the option of giving a counter offer to the crown.
This project teaches: the historical challenges colonies faced, debate/public speaking, persuasion skills, team work, critical thinking, economic thinking, and planning.