Timeline of Events in Colonial America
|30,000 B.C.||Native Americans arrive in North America via the Bering Sea Land Bridge.|
|1500 B.C.||Eastern Woodland era begins in Mississippi River valley.|
|500 B.C.-A.D. 700||Mayans develop advanced civilizations in Mexico.|
|A.D. 1||Pueblo culture emerges in Southwest.|
|A.D. 986||The Thule Inuit encounter an expedition led by Eric the Red, who founds a settlement in Greenland.|
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Words to Know
- American Revolution:
- A conflict lasting from 1775 to 1783 in which American colonists gained independence from British rule.
- Those who oppose the baptism of infants; also know as Baptists.
- Anglican Church:
- The official religion of England; also know as the Church of England.
- The belief that God has predetermined who would be saved from sin.
- A person who learns by practical experience under skilled workers.
- Scientists who study ancient cultures.
- A member of the nobility, or ruling class.
- The forced removal of someone from a colony.
- The initiation into Christianity through anointment with water.
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Research and Activity Ideas
The following list of research and activity ideas is intended to offer suggestions for complementing social studies and history curricula, to trigger additional ideas for enhancing learning, and to suggest cross-disciplinary projects for library and classroom use.
Activity 1: Teen life in colonial America
Assignment: Imagine that you and two of your friends are living in colonial America and you possess the power of time-travel. The three of you have been invited by a present-day social studies class to tell about colonial American life from a teenager's perspective. You accept the invitation, promising to make your presentation both informative and entertaining.
Preparation: First you must select your roles. For instance, you could be Puritan teenagers living in a small town or on neighboring farms. You might be African slaves working together on a southern plantation. Or you could be Native Americans living in a village near one of the colonies. Next, using Colonial America: Almanac as a starting point, gather information about the daily life of the teenagers you have chosen to portray. Consult the library and Internet Web sites for additional material, including illustrations and other graphics. As you conduct your research, focus on food, clothing, shelter, community...
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