US History 10/2-10/6

TeacherAndrew Wilson
Subject AreaUS History
Grade Level8
Week #7
Unit of InstructionUnit of Instruction: Organizing Principle 3: Between 1607 and 1763, the British North American colonies began to develop practices of self-government, religious freedom, and economic independence from Great Britain.
Standard(s) Taught

SS.8.A.2.2 Compare the characteristics of the New England, Middle and Southern colonies.

SS.8.A.2.3 Differentiate economic systems of New England, Middle and Southern colonies including indentured servants and slaves as labor sources.

SS.8A.2.4 Identify the impact of colonial figures on the economic, political, and social development of the colonies.

SS.8.A.2.5 Discuss the impact of colonial settlement on Native American populations.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will:

-Identify and explain the relationship between the geography of colonial regions and their economy.

 -Identify the original 13 colonies and their geographic regions. 

-Write a letter depicting life in colonial New England that portrays the spits in thinking that formed other colonies and the way of life in that region.

Classroom Activities

This week we will covering the 13 British colonies and learning the history and characteristics of each. We will first cover the different regions and then look at the individual histories, starting with the New England Colonies.

  • 13 Colonies Map and Geography Chart
    • Students will label and color a map of the 13 colonies and identify each colonial region. 
    • Students will explore the cause and effect between the geography of each region and the way of life that developed there.
  • Classroom Mayflower Compact
    • Students will create their own version of the Mayflower Compact
  • Workbook Chapter 3
  • Chapter 3 Guided Notes
  • Letter to a friend from New England
    • Students will write to a friend in England about life in New England. 

The guided notes and Map/Chart will be useful as notes for the next summative assessment.

Assignments Due

Bellringer Week 1-4 Check

Letter to a friend from New England

Additional Resources


Charter – a document that granted the right to form a colony

Joint Stock Company – Company in which investors buy stock for a share of future profits

Dissent – to disagree with or oppose

Persecute – to mistreat someone because of their beliefs.

Subsistence Farming- growing just enough to meet immediate needs

Tolerance- the ability to accept or put up with different views or behavior