Unit Name: 01 - Colonial Era (2 weeks traditional or 1 week block)
Elaborated Unit Focus: This unit is centered on the development of the English colonies in America. It traces the evolution of the economies, governments, social structures, relations with Native Americans, and introduction of slavery within the three colonial regions. The role of religion is examined through an examination of the Great Awakening. Benjamin Franklin is used as an example of how America presented opportunities, regardless of birth, for individual advancement.
The movement of people, ideas, and goods has a profound influence on a society.
How did the arrival of European settlers on the east coast of North America impact the Native Americans?
What was the impact of slavery on the development of Colonial America?
How did American colonies become wealthy in the later colonial period?
Colonies frequently develop a different social and political system from their mother country.
How was each colonial region a reflection of its colonists?
How have the colonial ideas of civil liberties and rights changed over time?
Nations build upon compromise and conflict.
Why was America's idea of representative government different from the English idea?
Democracies build upon the ideas of individualism and reform.
How did religion play a role in creating the American character?
Why was Benjamin Franklin an example of social mobility and individualism?
Unit Resources include general, global resources that might include bookmarks, books, periodicals, media and software. URLs need to be provided for each resource to identify a source from which it can be obtained. Resources might include those purchased as part of an adoption. More specific resources will be referenced within the teaching procedures.