The 13 Colonies

Jamestown: The First Permanent English Colony

Unit Objectives Unit

1. To study historical documents in order to experience history as a dynamic discipline which studies, interprets, and debates the meaning of human artifacts and, through those, humanity’s collective past.


2. To explain how the hard times experienced by Jamestown settlers were the result of the peculiar mix of people who emigrated to Virginia, their inappropriate expectations, and their difficulties in adapting.


3. To understand the interaction between the early settlers of Jamestown and the native Americans.


4. To appreciate that human choices determine much of what happens to people and that these choices are subject to different interpretations.


√ How did Europeans explore and establish settlements in the Americas?
√  What drove the Europeans to settle new lands? and, What hardships did they encounter?
√ How were the English Colonies  in North America similar and different?
√ Describe the events around the first two English attempts at establishing a settlement  in North America.
√  What motivated people to move to  The colonies


Watch the above video: Jamestown and complete this Video Guide:



Complete "Jamestown Adventure" online.  Use a separate piece of paper to record your responses.  

Who was the real John Smith?

Web quest - Use complete sentences and complete on a separate piece of paper


Secrets of the Dead

Remember to complete on a separate piece of paper using complete sentences


Map it out: Where was Jamestown?

Chapter 3:  The English Colonies in North America


Students will analyze sources about the voyage of the Pilgrims to America aboard the Mayflower, the writing of the Mayflower Compact, and the origin of Thanksgiving. These documents include a secondary source about the journey of the Mayflower as well as two primary sources: The Mayflower Compact (1620) and the letter by Edward Winslow (1621). Students will closely analyze these sources and use both textual evidence and visual representation of the text to draw their conclusions and present their understanding as directed in each lesson.

Thursday and Friday we will work a partner to map out the 13 colonies.

Pages 21 to 28 in the Interactive Notebook.

We will examine the similarities and differences among these North American Colonies

Interactive Notebook Chapter 3

The week of

Students will complete the following tasks this week:

√   Finish video /notes on The Atlantic Slave Trade 

√  Watch video on the 13 Colonies and answer questions (EdPuzzle/Google Classroom

√   Work with a partner on the 13 colonies in the Interactive Noteboo

Go to google classroom
Colonial BROCHURE (periods 4,5,and 7) Due Thursday
Colonial Commercial (periods 1,2,3) Due  Thursday
Start : "Life in the Colonies"

Chapter 4:  Life in the Colonies

What was life Really like in the colonies?

Click on the above picture to Read the Instructions on Creating a Colonial Booth

Interactive Notebook Chapter 4


Government in the Colonies

Our English Heritage

Click on the map to go to the "Colonial Times Project.  -- Copy or Print this out

The Week of  September 23 to September 27

Go to google classroom

Colonial BROCHURE (periods 4,5,and 7) Due Thursday

Colonial Commercial (periods 1,2,3) Due  Thursday

Start: "Life in the Colonies"

Homework!!!!!! Due Thursday: Interactivity Notebook Lessons 3 and 4 (see agenda for details)

This week we will be able to:

Create a dramatic and humorous commercial (flipGrid video)or brochure, I will be able to convey my understanding of:


√What motivated people to settle in the colonies

√How they adapted to the land and made a living

√The religious beliefs of each colony and the role religion played

√What Life,History, Culture was like in each colony


Colonial Governmentt Power Point from Icivics


Colonial Government ROOTs Power Point

Government made educational Documentary on Colonial America  (circa 1950).  You will love the sound track and special effects...

Colonial America  (55 minutes)

Listen & Learn and take notes as Freedom Middle School Teacher, Mr. Zoeller walks us through this important chapter

Craftsman of the Colonies.

Life in the Colonies

#1 The First Great Awakening.  Well done documentary on a religious revival that became the foundation of America's revolutionary fervor, zeal and passion!!! Produced by Christian Broadcasting Network

The First Great Awakening -Learning Objectives:

After completing this lesson, I will be able to

  • Identify when and where the First Great Awakening took place

  • Explain the characteristics of religious belief associated with the First Great Awakening

  • Identify and discuss the ideas of Jonathan Edwards, one of the leading preachers associated with the First Great Awakening

  • Discuss how colonial Americans perceived the First Great Awakening and how it affected the lives of both colonial Americans and Native Americans.


Click on the above picture to find the reading on how the Great Awakening changed the way colonists thought about the world and how it changed attitudes in the colonies...which will eventually lead to the American Revolution.  

So, the question will be:  How did the First Great Awakening lead us in the direction of revolution and independence?