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Guthriegabs About Exploration Age of Discovery 16th Century Colonies

A 6 week small group course. European colonies in the Americas 1500s-1700s: 13 British Colonies (New England), New France, New Spain. Compare causes and effects of colonization. Discuss the impact on Indigenous Nations.
Kim Guthriegabs M. Ed
366 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 24 learners
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 6 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times


Wed, Jan 4, 2023

Jan 4 – Feb 8, 2023 (6 weeks)
6:00 – 6:55 AM

Fri, Jan 6, 2023

Jan 6 – Feb 10, 2023 (6 weeks)
9:00 – 9:55 AM

Fri, Jan 6, 2023

Jan 6 – Feb 10, 2023 (6 weeks)
10:00 – 10:55 AM

Sat, Jan 7, 2023

Jan 7 – Feb 11, 2023 (6 weeks)
4:00 – 4:55 PM
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Class Experience

Explain how the geography of the eastern coastal region impacted the settlement patterns of early colonists
Analyze and explain using evidence (geographical features, climate, and natural resources) which colonial group made the wisest location selection?
Analyze and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each group involved in the Triangular Trade route
Compare and contrast the ethnic, political, and religious groups that settled in the Americas. 
Explain how the lives of Native American nations were disrupted by European colonization. 
Analyze the information to answer the question, “Was colonial  America a land of opportunity for everyone?
I am a highly qualified teacher in history for grades elementary through grade 9. I have taught both history and science in a public school classroom for over 15 years. I was the lead history teacher for my school. I have presented at both local and state social studies teacher conferences. I love to travel and always travel with the purpose of exploring the history of an area.

 In order for people to understand current events, we must make the effort to look at the difficult stories of the past. I believe it is only in looking to our past can we understand today. This class allows for discussion and reflection of the actions that people took over 400 years ago. The class will teach the causes and effects of colonization. The goal is not to demonize or glorify any group or groups, but to have an understanding of events. 
Kahoot! review quizzes.
Student writing responses and notes based on parent requests
Notebook, blank paper, pencils, and colored pencils.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
  • Library of Congress
  • National Archives
  • Nearpod
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • Kahoot
Students will complete quizzes for each lesson. Students will respond in writing and discussion to teacher-led questions. 
Parents can request a letter grade for their child during the course. 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This class focuses on the economic, political, and social reasons for colonization. We will discuss the treatment of the Native American people by European Colonists. There is no way to discuss the effects of European colonization without talking about the overall decline and removal of many Native American tribes from their homelands. We will not go into details about specific tribes during class. Students are encouraged to learn more about individual tribes that lived in their chosen geographic area of research.    Religions will be discussed as they were a motivation for colonization. Religions will be discussed in a historical context; specifically, religious freedoms in the colonies compared to in Europe. The African Slave Trade will be discussed as it became an economic factor during colonization. We will look at ways that people fought against the Slave Trade, and why it occurred. 

Learners will be sent weekly links to optional Kahoot! quizzes. The links are private and are unique to the weekly lesson for each section. Learners do not provide any personal information. 
Mayflower Compact
CMU: Colonial North America: Primary Sources--Colonial America
National Geographic
National Museum of the American Indian 


Kim Guthriegabs M. Ed
Lives in the United States
Kim Guthrie M.Ed.
366 total reviews
499 completed classes

About Me

I believe that students need to see the personal side of the world. When students begin to see a unique story in a history or science lesson, they become engaged and learn. 

 I speak French and love to travel to countries where I can immerse... 
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