Unit 2 Building Block 1

The Early English Settlements

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.
  • Different groups of people create different systems to govern themselves.
  • Societies create different economic systems to manage limited natural resources.
  • Groups of people are connected by shared cultural traits.


Building Block Overview:

Students will learn about three early English settlements in North America. In the Preview, students will write a few paragraphs describing the challenges they might face in attending school in another country. In a Visual Discovery activity, students analyze images of Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth to create act-it-outs that show why settlers came, the hardships they endured, and the reasons why each settlement succeeded or failed.

Student Outcomes:

  • I can describe the three regions of the original colonies including towns, climate, and economic patterns.
  • 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 compare and contrast Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth.
  • I can identify examples of representative government in the American colonies, including the Mayflower Compact and the Virginia House of Burgesses.
  • I can discuss how and why people adapted and modified their environment to meet basic needs.
  • I can analyze the positive and negative consequences of human modification in the environment.

1.  Preview Lesson Guide page 69

2.  Building Background Lesson Guide page 69

3.  Visual Discovery #5,6, page 70 for all three Interactive Student Notebook pages, Roanoke, Plymouth, and Jamestown

4.  Phase 2:  Comparing and Contrasting Three Colonies, Lesson Guide page 71

5.  Checkpoint Assessment

Extension Activity

6.  Using the Gallery Walk format, attached to the end of this building block document, Write the name of one of the three settlements on chart paper. Divide class into groups- Each group lists one positive and one negative factor in the development in that settlement.  Answers must be different than answers already given.  Allow for class discussion.