European Colonization Teacher Resources
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How Do You Lose a Colony? Exploring What Became of John White’s “Lost Colony”
5th CCSS: Adaptable
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of John White's colonists on Roanoke Island is not only a fascinating feature of European colonization history, but is also a great way for your young historians to engage themselves in the story...
The Age of Early European Explorations & Conquests
7th - 12th
Your students' world will literally take shape in this presentation, which chronicles the growing edges of the (flat) earth during European Exploration of New Worlds. Dias, da Gama, Magellean, and Columbus are key players in this game of...
How Were European Nations Capable of Dominating the African Continent?
7th - 8th
Primary source documents provide a realistic context for pupils to explore. Included are 5 experts relating European ideals and methods for colonizing and controlling the African continent. Middle schoolers answer 4 critical-thinking...
Coming to America: A Look at Colonization in the 1600s
9th - 12th
Students analyze the European colonization of America. In this colonial America lesson, students use provided Internet resources to research colonization and representative government. Students use their finding to create webpages,...
European Nations Settle North America: Guided Reading
7th - 10th
McDougal Littell provides this worksheet to accompany an unnamed textbook reading on North American colonization. The graphic organizer helps readers record summaries of what they learn about as they read, and a writing prompt invites...
Early Contacts: Native American and European Women in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
9th - 12th
Young scholars interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this colonial America lesson, students examine the relationships between Native American women and European women who encountered one another in the new...
When is Thanksgiving? Colonizing America
12 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Discover the first attempts made to colonize and establish the first permanent English colonies in the North American region, from Sir Walter Raleigh's colony at Roanoke and settlement at Jamestown, Virginia to colonies in Maryland and...
Colonialism and American Foundations Sample Test Questions
8th - 10th CCSS: Adaptable
What was the main cause of European colonization in America? How did Thomas Paine's Common Sense play a role in the establishment of the United States? What was the trans-Atlantic slave trade? These are just a few of the many questions...