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2015 Unit 1-Exploration and Colonization Unit Plan and Warm Ups

Warm Ups
Date_________________ (Day 1)
What motivated European explorers to sail the world’s oceans and colonize the Americas? (class
discussion and activities)
Date_______________ (Day 2)
Why is Jamestown important? (Pages 111-113)
Below, there are 4 events that occurred in Jamestown. Find the correct year for each event, and then fill
in each box placing the events in chronological order. (pages 111-113 and timeline-page 108)
Establishment of Jamestown __________
“The Starving Time” _________________
New type of tobacco planted________________
House of Burgesses established _____________
Date________________ (Day 3)
Who was Pocahantas, and why is she important? (page 113)
What was the House of Burgesses, and why is it important? (page 113)
Date_________________ (Day 4)
How were English settlers in Jamestown different from English settlers who arrive later in the 1600s?
(page 114-115)
Who were the Pilgrims? Why were they willing to risk it all to come to America? (pages 114-115)
Date_________________ (Day 5)
Before the Pilgrims depart their ship, the ___________________________, they write and sign a very
important document known as the ___________________________ ___________________ (page 116).
How is this agreement or contract part of the development of America’s system of representative or
democratic government? (page 116)
Date_______________ (Day 6)
Reading the following quote from William Bradford (a pilgrim). In this primary source, what is he talking about?
“This day, before we came to harbor, observing some not well affected to unity and concord,
but gave some appearance of faction, it was thought good that there should be an association and
agreement that we should combine together in one body, and to submit to such governors as we should
by common consent agree to make and choose, and set out hand to this that follows word for word.”
-William Bradford, 1620
1. Why does he think there needs to be an agreement between all of men on board the ship?
2. What famous document would this opinion be referring to? (page 116)
Name: ______________________________________________________________Date: ____________________
Unit #1: Exploration and Colonization
TEKS for in this unit:
8.1(A) - identify the major eras and events in U.S. history through 1877, including colonization…and describe their causes and
8.1(B)-apply absolute and relative chronology through the sequencing of significant people, events and time periods
8.1(C) - explain the significance of the following dates: 1607, founding of Jamestown; 1620, arrival of the Pilgrims and signing of
the Mayflower Compact; …
8.2(A) - identify reasons for European exploration and colonization of North America
8.2(B) - compare political, economic, religious, and social reasons for the establishment of the 13 English colonies
8.3(A) - explain the reasons for the growth of representative government and institutions during the colonial period
8.3(B) - analyze the importance of the Mayflower Compact, the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, and the Virginia House of
Burgesses to the growth of representative Government
8.3(C) - describe how religion and virtue contributed to the growth of representative government in the American colonies
8.10(B)-compare places and regions of U.S. in terms of physical and human characteristics
8.11(A)-analyze how physical characteristics of the environment influenced population distribution, settlement patterns, and
economic activities during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries
8.12(A)-identify economic differences among different regions of the U.S.
8.12(B)-explain reasons for the development of the plantation system, the transatlantic slave trade, and the spread of slavery
8.23(A)-differentiate between, locate, and use valid primary sources and secondary sources
8.29(B) - analyze information by sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing, contrasting,
finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations and predictions, and drawing inferences and conclusions
8.29(C) - organize and interpret information from outlines, reports, databases, and visuals, including graphs, charts, timelines,
and maps
Essential questions to be answered during the unit:
1. What motivated European explorers to sail the world’s oceans and colonize the
2. What political, economic, religious, and social reasons led to the establishment of the
thirteen original English colonies?
3. Which historic documents and colonial practices contributed to the growth of
representative government in the colonies?
4. Describe the geographic, economic and religious differences between the New England,
Middle & Southern colonies.
5. What factors contributed to development of religious freedom in the thirteen colonies?
6. How did the economic system of mercantilism affect the thirteen colonies?
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