The Founding of the 13 Original Colonies WebQuest By: Teri Beckner & Kristen Robertson Modified by Ms. Meyers & Mrs. Douglass June 2014 Introduction



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The Founding of the 13 Original Colonies WebQuest

By: Teri Beckner & Kristen Robertson

Modified by Ms. Meyers & Mrs. Douglass June 2014

Introduction

Your expertise is needed immediately! We need expert historians to report on the 13 original colonies. The information you provide will be used to teach others about colonial times. Through researching the colonization of America, you will discover the similarities and differences of the Southern, Middle and New England Colonies. For each region you will uncover the hardships that the settlers faced while creating a new life that was accepting of everyone. You will discover the challenges they faced territorial, differences and similarities, and religious factors.

After analyzing your findings, your team will create a Venn Diagram and a timeline to illustrate the colonization period.


  • Mabee Farms

The Task

The task is to identify and make discoveries of the 13 original colonies. You will uncover this information through research. Your final report will include:



  • Identification of the 13 original colonies

  • The founders of each colony and the year it was founded

  • Descriptions of why the founding of the colonies

  • Geographical characteristics of each colony

  • The role of religious development

  • Venn Diagram

  • A timeline of the regions

The Process

  • The experts on your team will be divided into three regions. Each partnership must choose a region.

  • Each expert review their Information Sheet for their region.

  • Using the information sheet answer the questions below for your area of expertise.

    • List the colonies in your region and who was the founder of the colony?

      • Clickable Map of the 13 Colonies

    • Description of why these colonies were founded.

    • List three geographical characteristics of each colony.

      • Regions of the 13 Colonies

      • Regions

    • What role did religion play in the development of your region?

    • How did the colonists deal with illnesses?

           Apothecary Ways of treating illness in the colonies

Illness in Colonial America         

 


  • Once the Information Sheet has been completed, all experts will come together to share findings. Each team member needs to share their information with the other members. After discussing the information determine the similarities and difference discovered between the regions. Create a Venn Diagram showing the similarities and differences of the three regions. . The presentation MUST be a collaborative effort.

  • Develop a pictorial Timeline for Colonial America. Work together as a group to complete the timeline.

  • Evaluation tools: Group Work Rubric; Oral Presentation Rubric

6.  Additional Information

    Colonial Schooling

The 13 Colonies: Life in Early America - US History I Video

The 13 American Colonies



Life in the Colonies

13 Colonies Chart


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