European Colonization Teacher Resources

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European Colonialism in Africa

For Teachers 7th - 10th
The uglier side of European colonization of Africa is detailed in these slides, which include pictures and information about the Belgian Congo, the Dutch South Africa, and Britain's ongoing tensions with the Boers. Students will be...
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How Do You Lose a Colony? Exploring What Became of John White’s “Lost Colony”

For Teachers 5th Standards
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...
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How were European nations capable of dominating the African contintnt?

For Students 7th - 9th
Help your class determine why European was able to dominate the African continent. They read 5 excerpts, each related to a reason why Europe colonized Africa. Then they answer 4 critical-thinking questions.
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The Colonization of the United States

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Bring the Age of Exploration into the 21st century with this ancestry activity! Learners get a chance to explore the complex genealogy of the Spanish settlers through watching two video clips (approximately five minutes each) featuring...
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Europeans Colonize Africa

For Students 6th - 9th
In this African colonization worksheet, students respond to 1 short answer question that accompanies a reading selection about European Imperialism. Students also complete a graphic organizer based on the selection.
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The Age of Early European Explorations & Conquests

For Teachers 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...
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How Were European Nations Capable of Dominating the African Continent?

For Students 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...
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European Colonialism in Africa

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Examine European colonialism in Africa with an image-driven presentation. Social Darwinism, King Leopold, diamond mines, the Boer War and The Berlin Conference are all discussed.
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The Columbian Exchange

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Take a closer look at what was traded between the Europeans and the Americas during the Columbian Exchange and which led to important cultural and economic developments in both regions. Tip: Expand the assignment to include animals,...
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European Exploration, Trade and Colonization

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students complete many activities including mapping, reading books, and Internet research to learn about European exploration. In this European lesson plan, students study geographical mapping, trade, and colonization.
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Community and Colonization

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore the nature of the European colonization in the Americas. They compare how it relates to the inception of their community. Students identify the major players in America's colonization and explore the motivations...
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Multiple Perspectives: Newspaper Stories and Editorials

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Newspapers are the perfect medium through which to explore different perspectives in informational text. After researching the fur trade and resultant colonization, groups write a newspaper, including an editorial page, selecting one of...
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Semicolons, Colons, and Hyphens

For Students 4th - 6th
In this using semicolons, colons, and hyphens worksheet, students read about their usages and apply the information by adding them to sentences, using colons or semicolons to join groups of words in two separate columns, and choosing...
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Exploring Borderlands

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What motivated Europeans to explore the New World, and what effects did their exploration have on Native American populations? The second installment of a 16-part American Passages series prompts pupils to watch a video and read several...
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European Nations Settle North America: Guided Reading

For Students 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...
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The European Conquest of the Americas

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Witness the birth of the Americas in this presentation, which details the European Explorers who contributed to adding vital details on our modern-day maps. Viewers' worlds will literally expand after seeing the results of Cortes and the...
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Early Contacts: Native American and European Women in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this colonial America activity, students examine the relationships between Native American women and European women who encountered one another in the new colonies.
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Africa: Names and Nations of Note

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore Africa. In this global studies lesson, students research the history of African nations, noting the impact of European colonization and other historical events. Students design posters about the nations they research.
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The Atlantic System and Africa 1550-1800

For Teachers 10th - 12th
The Atlantic slave trade is thoroughly depicted and explained here, in terms of economics and pre-colonization. Plantation life, eighteenth century technology, economics of the time, and dealings with Africa are all covered. Note: Each...
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Political European Motives in Africa

For Students 6th - 8th
In this African colonization worksheet, students respond to 4 short answer questions that accompany a reading selection about political motives in Africa. Students also complete a graphic organizer based on the selection.
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When is Thanksgiving? Colonizing America

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
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...
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Coming to America: A Look at Colonization in the 1600s

For Teachers 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,...
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Colonization And The Quarkers

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore the colonization of Pennsylvania and the Quaker religion. They share how they believe Quakers treated the Native Americans. Students take notes and listen to a lass lecture. Afterward, they write at least two...
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European Colonialism in Africa (2)

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive world history worksheet, students answer 11 multiple choice questions regarding the European colonization of Africa. Students may submit their answers to be scored.