US History 9/25-9/29

TeacherAndrew Wilson
Subject AreaUS History
Grade Level8
Week #6
Unit of InstructionOrganizing 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.8.A.2.4 Identify the impact of colonial figures on the economic, political, and social development of the colonies.

LA.8.RI.1.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

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

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will be able to:

  • Draw conclusions about life based on artifacts 
  • Create a claim supported by evidence from various texts
Classroom Activities

Up to this week we have been learning about early exploration and colonization buy the Spanish, French and Dutch. This week will be focusing on the first attempts at English colonization of what is now the United States at Roanoke and Jamestown. The activities for this week are:

  • Roanoke Primary Source Activity: Students will work in groups to formulate a theory of why the colony disappeared by working with primary sources and comparing them to what they find the most likely.  Students will then present their theories to the class on Wednesday.
  • Jamestown Artifacts- Students will work to uncover the function of artifacts found in Jamestown and draw conclusions on life there based on what they find. 
  • Using a ThinkCerca article to plan an essay on how settlers may have learned from previous failed attempts at colonizing the Americas. 
Assignments Due

Roanoke Theory Chart

Graphic Organizer of Jamestown Essay

Artifact Analysis 

Additional Resources

Vocabulary of the Week:

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