Unit 2: The 13 Colonies

As you teach Unit 2, the 13 Colonies, make sure students understand that following the discovery of the New World, groups from England began to arrive on the shores of eastern North America with hopes of a better life and a new beginning.

The pilgrims that landed on Plymouth Rock were in for quite a shock! They were not accustomed to the harsh winters of North America and they were not familiar with the flora and fauna either. It's an understatement to say that they had their work cut out for them! But through it all ... the ferocious winters and the brutal work required to create a liveable colony... these brave, strong people perservered and came to represent what ultimately would define America: the land of those who struggled for a better life, more opportunity, a fresh start and religious freedom!

This unit delves into the lives of these English pilgrims. How did they create their 13 colonies? How did they decide to govern them? What happened when they came into contact with the Native Americans?

All these questions and many more will be explored in this unit. Along with the usual terms, PowerPoints, etc. you will find a map and map activity to familiarize students with the geography of what eventually became the thirteen British colonies. Two different projects to choose from are also provided. If you wish, you may also show a film or include literature that corresponds to this unit. See Movies & Literature for a complete list of movies & literature to enhance the overall learning experience.

A list of key terms related to this unit that will get your students acquainted with The 13 Colonies.

A PowerPoint presentation, containing 46 detailed and colorful slides with images.

A complete set of Fill-in-the-Notes for your students. Simply print the slides (six per page) and give each student a copy so they can take notes with while you teach and present the unit.

This map activity requires students to label various details of the 13 British colonies.

A blank outline map for you to distribute in class.

For this project, students are divided into groups to create a historical newspaper of Jamestown. This project asks students to work cooperatively, practice excellent research and note-taking skills, writing skills, and artistic expression.

It is a good idea to make the study guide a mandatory assignment. The study guide prepares students well for the test.

All of the tests on OwlTeacher.com are a mix of term matching, multiple choice, and information recall with short answer questions and essay questions. The essay questions demand students to put important elements of the unit into their own words, showing thorough understanding.

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