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The American Colonies Emerge

$160 per month

1 session per week


Allison Bruning


Many books have been written about people who started new colonies - in outer space, on an imaginary desert islands, and in real history. Students will write their own first - person colonization tale, set in the present day or in the past It can be a short story or a comic book.  The story of comic book should relate to the some of the experiences they have had. As they tell the tale, they should be sure to explain the reasons they left, whom or what they took with them, where they went, how they got there and the problems they faced both on the journey and at arrival. They will present their visual presentation and report in the last session. 




13 - 18  years old




Session 1: Spain's Empire in the Americas


Students will identify conquistador, Hernando Cortes, mestizo, encomienda, Juan Ponce de Leon, congregacion, New Mexico and Pope.

Students will identify the factors that caused the Spanish to conquer the Aztecs.  

Students will analyze the ineffectiveness of the encomienda system. 

Students will identify what prompted Spain's renewed interest in conquering Florida.

Students will contrast how Spain's colony in New Mexico differed from its colonies in New Spain. 

Students will analyze why the Native Americans of New Mexico revolted against the Spanish settlers.

Students will be introduced to their first course project.


1) Complete Section 1 Assessment on page 43.

2) Read pages 44 - 51 in course textbook.

3) Complete question 2 on page 47. Be ready to present your findings to the class in the next session. 

4) Start your course project. 

Session 2: An English Settlement at Jamestown


Students will review their homework and present their findings. 

Students will identify John Smith, Jamestown, Powhatan, headright system, indentured servant, royal colony, and Nathaniel Bacon. 

Students will describe the relationship between Roanoke and Jamestown. 

Students will analyze why the early settlement of Jamestown was a near disaster. 

Students will evaluate how well the colonists did in choosing their site based on the four criteria that the Virginia Company has issued.

Students will summarize the role tobacco has played in the North Carolina economy and it is changing. 

Students will contrast how the English pattern of conquest differed from that of the Spanish. 

Students will explain why colonists continued to move onto Native American lands.

Students will summarize why the frontier settlers were discontent with the colonial system. 


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment on page 49.

2) Read pages 14 - 19 in course textbook.

3) Complete question 2 on page 51. Be ready to present your findings to the class in the next session.

4) Continue working on your course project. 

Session 3: Puritan New England


Students will review their homework and present their findings. 

Students will identify John Winthrop, Puritan, Separatist, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, Pequot War, Metacom and King Philip's War 

Students will identify the Puritan's motives for leaving England.

Students will analyze the Mayflower Compact. 

Students will identify the two principles Providence guaranteed that Massachusetts Bay did not. 

Students will compare how the Puritan's attitude toward Native Americans were similar to their view toward religious dissenters.  

Students will describe the immediate effects of King Philip's War and predict the long term effects.


1) Complete Section 3 Assessment on page 57.

2) Read pages 58 - 61 in course textbook.

3) Continue working on your course project. Be ready to present your project in the next session 


Session 4: Settlement of the Middle Colonies


Students will review their homework and present their projects. 

Students will identify William Penn, New Netherland, proprietor and Quaker. 

Students will summarize the important characteristics of New Netherland society.

Students will compare Quaker and Puritan beliefs. 

Students will analyze the relationship between the English Civil War, Restoration and the colonization of America. 

Students will contrast how Penn's actions towards Native Americans differed from those of the Puritans. 

Students will contrast how the New England and middle colonies' economies differed in general from the South's economy and identify what may have accounted for the differences. 

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