Students should have a mental map of where each colonial region was located. Because the
Colonial era has been extensively studied in earlier grades it should be enough to review the locations of the New England, the Mid-Atlantic colonies, and Southern colonies. It is important for students to understand the complexities of motivations for settlement and that these motivations impacted the type of society that developed in each region. Students should concentrate on colonies that are examples of their region such as Massachusetts for New England, Pennsylvania for the Mid-Atlantic colonies and Virginia and South Carolina for the Southern colonies.