Unit 1 & 2: Early Colonial America (1491-1754)

  • Unit 1 & 2: Early Colonial America (Periods: 1491-1607 & 1607-1754)


    Key Concepts: 

    Key Concept 1.1 — As native populations migrated and settled across the vast expanse of North America over time, they developed distinct and increasingly complex societies by adapting to and transforming their diverse environments.


    Key Concept 1.2 — Contact among Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans resulted in the Columbian Exchange and significant social, cultural, and political changes on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.


    Key Concept 2.1 — Europeans developed a variety of colonization and migration patterns, influenced by different imperial goals, cultures, and the varied North American environments where they settled, and they competed with each other and American Indians for resources.


    Key Concept 2.2 — The British colonies participated in political, social, cultural, and economic exchanges with Great Britain that encouraged both stronger bonds with Britain and resistance to Britain’s control.


    Chapters in Text: 1-5

    Video Resources: America: The Story of Us-Rebels



    Geography and environment; Native American diversity in the Americas; Spain in the Americas; conflict and exchange; English, French, and Dutch Settlements; the Atlantic economy, and essay writing skills with particular attention to thesis writing and using specific factual information (relevant historical evidence) and analysis to defend one's position. 


    The English colonies & culture; religion in the colonies; growing differences across the colonies; wars with American Indians; growing trade; tension with the British; and colonial wars; Introduction to APPARTS and annotation. 




    1. APPARTS for 2 Primary Sources


    1. In-Class (multiple choice and short answer) 
    2. Take Home (multiple choice)



    1. Essay (FRQ) on the cultural, economic, and political development (identity) of the colonies


    **Extra Credit: 

    1. Revisions on In-Class Test & Essay (1/2 credit added to original In-Class Test and Full Credit on Essay; see syllabus for details)
    2. Completion of the Extra Credit Template (see General Info and Materials tab of website)for the Unit Key Concepts (Up to 10 points added onto your Unit Essay/Project/or Presentation Grade.  In the event that the unit does not have an Essay/Project/or Presentation portion, the extra credit will be applied to the In-Class Test for that Unit.)

    Primary Sources:

    1. The Mayflower Compact (1620)
    2. Charter of Massachusetts Bay Colony (1629)-Abridged (Full text)
    3. The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut (1639)
    4. John Winthrop A Modell of Christian Charity (1630)
    5. Roger Williams Argues for Freedom of Conscience (1644) from The Bloody Tenent of Persecution-OR read from photocopies
    6. Transcript of the Examination of Anne Hutchinson (1637)-read from photocopies
    7. Puritan Family Law: read from photocopies
    8. Religious Toleration Disputes & Salem Witch Trial Disputes-read from photocopies

    Related Files

    docx Chapter 1 Outline (DOCX 77 KB)


    docx Chapter 2 & 3 Outline (DOCX 108 KB)


    docx Chapter 4 & 5 Outline (DOCX 93 KB)