Grade 8 Unit 1 Colonization and Exploration

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject - U.S. History                                                 

Grade  - 8

Unit - Colonization and Exploration                              

Pacing - September

Essential Question(s)  1. How and why were the Americas discovered?                                    

                                   2. Why were colonies established?

                                   3. How did the environment dictate life in the colonies?

                                   4. How did Native Americans and different groups of

                                       colonists contribute to the development of the    

                                       colonies?

 

Big Idea(s): 1. America was discovered because people were searching for a

                       shorter route to Asia.

                   2. People came to the colonies for different reasons. Ie religious   

                       freedom, resources

                   3. Geography and environment shaped how colonists lived.

                   4. Native Americans’ and specific individual’s traditions and ideas

                       helped shaped the colonies.

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

1.1.4    Explain how specific individuals and their ideas and beliefs influenced American History.

1.1.7    Analyze the similarities and differences between colonization in the 1600s and   Manifest Destiny in the 1840s.

1.4.1    Analyze how geography influenced the economic and political development of the U.S.

1.6.1  Analyze immigrations impact on the U.S. at different stages in its    

         history.

2.1    Gather information from historical maps.

1.3.1 Describe the influence of the slave trade on American social institutions.

 

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

 

Specific individuals

Ideas and beliefs

American History

 

 

Colonization (1600s)

 

 

Geography

Economic and political development

 

 

Immigration’s impact

U. S. History

 

Explain (influence on history)

 

 

 

 

 Analyze (colonization of 1600s)

 

 

 Analyze (geography’s influence)

 

 

 

       Analyze (immigration’s impact)

 

2

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

4

 

 

 

4

Assessments

Common Formative Pre- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

See Pre-Assessment Exploration and Colonization

 

“Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):

 

Will be created individually at the discretion of the classroom teacher.

  

Common Formative Post- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

 

                 See Post-Assessment Exploration and Colonization     

 Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

“The American Nation”   Chapters 3 and 4

Video

 “Dear America”

Maps of explorers’ routes

Interactive Jamestown

  

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

Map Skills – Interpretation and Creating

Note taking

Historical non-fiction reading

Vocabulary/Word Wall

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections

Land bridge

Culture

Northwest Passage

Colony

Circumnavigate

Plantation

Charter

Representative government

Religious toleration

Town meeting

Cash crop

Slave codes

Racism

Triangular trade

Export

Import

Indentured servant

Christopher Columbus

Amerigo Vespucci

Ferdinand Magellan

Native Americans

Pocahontas

John Smith

William Penn

Thomas Hooker

Anne Hutchinson

Roger Williams

James Olgethorpe

Jamestown

Plymouth

Interactive Jamestown

Creating a Timeline

Create a Colony

Trading Card

 

Video- “Dear America”

English- Create a diary entry as a colonist and describe daily life.