COLONIZING NORTH AMERICA
Miranda Bailey, created Fall 2007
for 7th grade American History I class
This engaging unit allows students to learn about the earliest English colonies in America with many different types of activities and while practicing a wide variety of skills. Your students will enjoy the chance to participate in activities from note-taking using graphic organizers to working with a group to complete a colonization lab.
Grade Level: 6th-12th grade, Homeschooler
Length: about 3 weeks
Context: This unit is the second part to a unit about the colonization of the Americas. It follows the Spanish Colonies unit, also available for download from this site.
aGoals: The unit will aim at enabling students to address the following essential questions:
i. Why did people want to emigrate to the New World?
ii. How do individuals and groups interact with those different from themselves?
iii. How did America's tradition of freedom originate and develop?
Concepts: slavery, freedom, representative government, colonization
Skills: creating and interpreting maps, creating and interpreting time lines, chronological thinking, using a Venn diagram, note-taking, interpreting secondary and primary sources, cooperative learning, creative writing, distinguishing fact and fiction
i. The Search for the Northwest Passage and the Spanish Armada
ii. The North American Indians
iv. Colonization Activity
vi. Plymouth and the Pilgrims
vii. Unit Test
Most of these lessons are available to download individually.