In this unit, students will briefly review geography, including vocabulary terms, reading maps and correctly labeling maps. They will learn and analyze motives for European exploration and settlement America in the 17th century. They will learn about the French, Spanish, English, Puritans, Pilgrims, Catholics and Quakers (why each group came and where they settled). Activities include learning geography through the Zombie Apocalypse, comparing and contrasting the motives for current refugee groups and historical ones, evaluating the best push and pull factors of the 17th-century Europeans and a competitive ‘Claim the Classroom’ simulation for colonization.
At the end of the unit, students will create a persuasive Prezi (online presentation tool) from the perspective of a European country. The goal of their presentation is to convince classmates to join their country on a ship to settle the New World.
This unit is designed to be taught at the beginning of the year in an 8th grade scope and sequence. It will set up the colonial regions and first governments in America.
Hunt, Elizabeth A., "Colonization: Evaluating the right of groups to settle other lands [8th grade]" (2016). Understanding by Design: Complete Collection. 342.
Lesson 1 Geography 101 Foldable.ppt (2631 kB)
Lesson 1 Blank World Map.pdf (909 kB)
Lesson 1 Zombie Apocalypse Exit Ticket.docx (11 kB)
Lesson 2 Apocalypse Migration Map.docx (466 kB)
Claim the Classroom Simulation.docx (239 kB)
Lesson 3 Push and Pull Factors Notes.pptx (1906 kB)
Lesson 3 Immigration Exit Ticket.docx (133 kB)
Lesson 4 Colonization Stations.docx (2823 kB)
Lesson 4 Colonization Station Notes.docx (13 kB)
Persuasive Colonialism Prezi Project.docx (14 kB)
Presentation Peer Rating.docx (14 kB)