Unit 2 Building Block 2

Comparing the Colonies

Big Idea:

  • People in various racial, ethnic, gender and religion groups play a role in history.
  • Where people live is shaped by economic, social, political, and environmental factors.
  • Societies create different economic systems to manage limited natural resources.
  • The role of the individual as a consumer and producer shapes the free enterprise system.
  • Different groups of people create different systems to govern themselves.
  • Economic, social, and political patterns are influenced by geographic factors.
  • Groups of people are connected by shared cultural traits.
  • Physical processes and human activities change environments in a variety of ways.

Building Block Overview:

Students will learn about the similarities and differences among the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies. They will locate these regions on a map. Students will then create a billboard for one of six British colonies and try to persuade other students to settle in their colony. Students will then read about the six colonies and evaluate the claims of each group. Students will also compare and contrast the job opportunities of young colonists in each region to understand free enterprise systems and how these are influenced by geographic factors.

Student Outcomes:

  • I can locate the early colonies on a map.
  • I can explain why certain colonies were unsuccessful due to geography and other reasons.
  • I can recognize colonial trades and their economic influences on the 13 colonies.
  • I can explain how slaves were brought to the colonies for economic reasons.
  • I can explain how the free enterprise system in Colonial American was developed.
  • I can compare and contrast the similarities and differences within the various groups within the colonies and summarize their contributions.
  • I can discuss how and why people adapted and modified their environment to meet basic needs.
  1.  SSA Lesson Guide Preview p. 83
  2. SSA Lesson Guide Building Background Knowledge p. 83
  3. Locate regions on a map using previously saved maps on Skitch Touch.
  4. SSA Lesson Guide Problem Solving Groupwork p. 84.  Note:  These bulletin boards can take several class periods to complete.  I will give each group 1/2 the size of a regular poster.   Also, it is a good idea to set a time deadline.  See examples below.

5.  SSA Lesson Guide Reading Further p. 86

6.  Use a presentation tool such as Padlet.com to display facts they learned about their colony including: economy, natural resources, types of businesses, and outstanding features.

7.  SSA Lesson Guide Processing, page 86 - You may also use a Communication tool such as Word to write a letter describing life in a chosen colony and compare it to life in another colony.

8.  Checkpoint Assessment