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Guthriegabs About the American Colonies: 13 British Colonies in North America

This 5 week American History course teaches about the 13 British colonies before the United States. Geography of 3 regions, motivations, economies, and religions in the New World, and positive and negative effects on groups of people.
Kim Guthriegabs M. Ed
401 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 24 learners
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Over 5 weeks
55 minutes per class

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Explain how the geography of the New England, Middle, and Southern British colonies impacted the settlement patterns and economies of early colonists.
Analyze and explain using evidence (geographical features, climate, and natural resources) which colonial group made the wisest location selection?
Compare and contrast the ethnic, political, and religious groups that settled in the British Colonies. 
Explain how the lives of the Native American nations: Wampanoag, Powhatan, and Yemassee were disrupted by European colonization. 
Explain how many of the Native American nations: Wampanoag, Powhatan, and Yemassee were critical to the survival of British colonists their first year. 
Explain why people from West Africa were brought to the Americas by force to be slaves. 
Define the terms: colonists, indentured servants, Native Americans, and slaves.
Define Proprietary, Charter, and Royal colony.
Explain the purpose and importance of the Mayflower Compact.
Explain the purpose and importance of the House of Burgesses. 
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.
Students are provided links to the free Kahoot! platform to play review games after each class. 
Students are provided guided-note templates for use during or after class. 
Students are provided with optional resources to supplement the class lessons. 
Notepaper, The teacher provided graphic organizers for guided notes pencil/pen
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
  • Kahoot!
  • Nearpod
Kahoot! review games

Writing assignments and projects can be posted for teacher review. 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 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 nations from their homelands. We will not go into detail about specific nations during class, but will name specific changes to the Wampanoag, Yemassee, and Powhatan Native nations. Students are encouraged to learn more about individual nations 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 different colonial regions. The African Slave Trade will be discussed as it too became an economic factor during colonization. We will discuss the economic reasons for the Slave Trade, with the understanding that it was a forced migration of people from western Africa. 
Students will be provided graphic-organizers handouts and links to student appropriate sources for each lesson. 

Horrible Histories: Jamestown, New World 

Often, historical resources are based on first-person accounts or primary sources. These sources are often considered bias and must be placed in the context of the time period. This class does not teach using derogatory or slang words. If a student has a question about a word or event and why it was used or happened, I will be glad to explain it during class or in a private email through Outschool. 


Kim Guthriegabs M. Ed
Lives in the United States
Kim Guthrie M.Ed.
401 total reviews
579 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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