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Colonies Come

of Age

The Colonies Come of Age

$160 per month

1 session per week


Allison Bruning


This course describes changing ways of life in the colonies and regional differences between the Northern and Southern colonies. Regional differences still exist in the United States today. Students will choose a region of the United States that they find interesting. Research aspects of politics, economics, or culture that developed in or are unique to that place. Students will present their findings in the last session. 




13 - 18  years old




Session 1: England and Its Colonies


Students will identify mercantilism, balance of trade, Parliament, Navigation Acts, Dominion of England, Sir Edmund Andros, Glorious Revolution and salutary neglect.

Students will describe the relationship between a home country and its colonies under mercantilism.  

Students will identify the effects the Navigation Acts had on both Britain and its colonies.  

Students will explain why England took action against Massachusetts. 

Students will analyze how England became Great Britain. 

Students will explain how the colonies and Great Britain both benefited from salutary neglect.

Students will be introduced to their first course project.


1) Complete Section 1 Assessment on page 70.

2) Read pages 71 - 76 in course textbook.

3) Start your course project. 

Session 2: The Agricultural South


Students will review their homework. 

Students will identify cash crop, triangular trade, middle passage and Stono Rebellion. 

Students will analyze the different roles men, women and colored people had in the South. 

Students will identify the difficulties women and indentured servants faced in Southern society. 

Students will contrast slavery and indentured servitude. 

Students will identify the main reasons English colonists turned to African slaves to fill their depleted labor force. 

Students will analyze the world history of serfdom and how the language of Gullah derived from African slaves.

Students will explain how slaves maintained their culture.


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment on page 76.

2) Read pages 77 - 82 in course textbook.

3) Continue working on your course project. 

Session 3: The Commercial North


Students will review their homework. 

Students will identify Enlightenment, Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards and Great Awakening.

Students will describe how Northern economy was diverse. 

Students will analyze the effect immigration had upon Northern culture. 

Students will identify the positive and negative effects of the growing ethnic diversity in the colonies.

Students will contrast women's rights in Puritan, Pilgrim and Quaker societies.  

Students will identify the conflicts that laid behind the Salem witch hunts in 1692.

Students will compare/contrast the lives of Benjamin Franklin and Jonathan Edwards.

Students will identify the effect the Enlightenment had upon political thoughts in the colonies.

Students will describe the effects the Great Awakening had upon an organized religion in the colonies.


1) Complete Section 3 Assessment on page 82.

2) Read pages 83 - 89 in course textbook.

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


Session 4: The French and Indian War


Students will review their homework and present their projects. 

Students will identify George Washington, French and Indian War, William Pitt, Pontiac, Proclamation of 1763, George Grenville, and Sugar Act.

Students will contrast the French empire and British empire in North America.

Students will analyze the military life of George Washington.

Students will describe how Great Britain's victory over the French affected Native Americans. 

Students will identify the causes of the economic causes of tension between colonists and Britain.

Students will analyze what life was like for teenagers in colonial America.

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