Making a New Home: Colonial America
Students will be able to read and comprehend the text excerpts. Students will be able to imagine the colonization efforts.
- Tell students that today they are going to be looking at what it might have been like to be one of the earliest settlers in America.
- Activate prior knowledge by asking students questions about early American settlers. Potential questions include: What towns did the earliest settlers establish? Where did they come from? What did they have to do when they got to America?
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling(10 minutes)
- Pass out the Colonial Heroes worksheet, and read it to the class.
- Discuss the first question with your students before having them complete the worksheet in partners or small groups.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling(15 minutes)
- Pass out the Come to the Colonies worksheet, and allow students to complete them with partners.
- Walk around to each group, observing and assisting as needed.
Independent Working Time(15 minutes)
- Separate students and have them go back to their desks.
- Hand out the Creating a Home worksheet for students to complete on their own.
- If there is time, give students the History of American Fashion worksheet to color, and encourage your students to write a story about the character in context.
- Enrichment: For advanced students, ask them to write a paragraph or essay about what they envision life to have been like for a 10-13 year old during the early 1600s in America. Give them access to the library, classroom, and internet resources to research other settlements and privateers-turned-colonial captains.
- Support: Give your students extra time to read the worksheets, and have them act out the stories to imagine what it might be like to live in the colonial era.
- Instruct students to turn in all of the worksheets for assessment.
Review and Closing(10 minutes)
- Close by asking students to say the answers to the questions on the worksheet.