Social Studies

Unit 3
Colonization and Settlement

Students begin the unit by exploring the reasons for European colonization and identifying the push and pull factors that caused people to migrate to the New World.

We will explore the reasons for migration and how the physical geography of the New World influenced patterns of early colonial settlements and their development.

Students explore the three distinct colonial regions: New England, Middle, and Southern colonies.

In studying the growth political institutions, we will study the Mayflower Compact, colonial representative assemblies, the establishment of town meetings, and growth of royal government.

In exploring the relationships between the European settlers and American Indians,
students will compare how the British and French differed in their interactions with indigenous peoples.

In considering the Dutch settlements in New Netherlands, Quaker settlement in Pennsylvania, and the subsequent English takeover of the Middle colonies, we will analyze immigration patterns that led to ethnic diversity.

Throughout the unit, students gather and evaluate evidence to answer the question: Why did different colonial regions develop in North America?

Here is the link to the online textbook that we will read together in class. It's helpful for days when you may be absent or before a unit test.
Open Book online Textbook