European Colonization Teacher Resources
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New Review How Do You Lose a Colony? Exploring What Became of John White’s “Lost Colony”
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of John White's colonists on Roanoke Island is not only a fascinating feature of European colonization history, but is also a great way for your young historians to engage themselves in the story of history.
5th Social Studies & History 24 Views 16 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
This presentation reviews the ins and outs of nineteenth century imperialism. The narrator discusses the colonization of Africa in great detail, and delves into the effects of industrialization, superior technology, and widespread disease on the imperialistic motivations of European powers.
13 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History 25 Views 13 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Amazing Life and Strange Death of Captain Cook
View this presentation to take a look into the life and death of Captain James Cook. The video also includes an overview of imperialism, colonization of Australia and New Zealand, and the ritual structure of early Hawaiian culture.
10 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History 8 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Colonization of the United States
Bring the Age of Exploration into the 21st century with this ancestry activity! Learners get a chance to explore the complex genealogy of the Spanish settlers through watching two video clips (approximately five minutes each) featuring famous modern descendants of the colonists over 300 years later.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 36 Views 72 Downloads
Multiple Perspectives: Newspaper Stories and Editorials
Newspapers are the perfect medium through which to explore different perspectives in informational text. After researching the fur trade and resultant colonization, groups write a newspaper, including an editorial page, selecting one of three different perspectives to write from.
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History 13 Views 124 Downloads
How were European nations capable of dominating the African contintnt?
Help your class determine why European was able to dominate the African continent. They read 5 excerpts, each related to a reason why Europe colonized Africa. Then they answer 4 critical-thinking questions.
7th - 9th Social Studies & History 15 Views 66 Downloads
European Colonialism in Africa
The uglier side of European colonization of Africa is detailed in these slides, which include pictures and information about the Belgian Congo, the Dutch South Africa, and Britain's ongoing tensions with the Boers. Students will be enlightened about the true meaning and implications of "The White Man's Burden" after seeing this presentation.
7th - 10th Social Studies & History 8 Views 107 Downloads
New Review Colonialism and American Foundations Sample Test Questions
What was the main cause of European colonization in America? How did Thomas Paine's Common Sense play a role in the establishment of the United States? What was the trans-Atlantic slave trade? These are just a few of the many questions that your learners will consider as they complete this 22-question, multiple-choice assessment on the foundations of the American nation.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History 55 Views 51 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Semicolons, Colons, and Hyphens
In this using semicolons, colons, and hyphens worksheet, students read about their usages and apply the information by adding them to sentences, using colons or semicolons to join groups of words in two separate columns, and choosing correct punctuation in sentences.
4th - 6th English Language Development 17 Views 125 Downloads
Africa: Names and Nations of Note
Learners explore Africa. In this global studies lesson, students research the history of African nations, noting the impact of European colonization and other historical events. Learners design posters about the nations they research.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 12 Views 42 Downloads
How Were European Nations Capable of Dominating the African Continent?
Primary source documents provide a realistic context for pupils to explore. Included are 5 experts relating European ideals and methods for colonizing and controlling the African continent. Middle schoolers answer 4 critical-thinking questions based on the provided text.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History 10 Views 79 Downloads
The Atlantic Slave Trade
This presentation offers an overview of the Atlantic slave trade, taking care to give the subject its due diligence and explain the origins of slavery, the types of products slaves were forced to harvest, the most common importers of slaves in the Caribbean and Brazil, how Europeans acquired slaves through trading, etc.
11 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History 24 Views 15 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Community and Colonization
Eighth graders explore the nature of the European colonization in the Americas. They compare how it relates to the inception of their community. Students identify the major players in America's colonization and explore the motivations and characteristics of the colonization.
8th Social Studies & History 11 Views 18 Downloads
During the early part of the 20th century, Africa was considered a continent to be taken and tamed. Read about each of the European countries that scrambled for colonial possession of Africa. Slide are broken into mapped images showing which country colonized which part of Africa along with a description of how each country planned to claim their territory.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 15 Downloads
The Atlantic System and Africa 1550-1800
The Atlantic slave trade is thoroughly depicted and explained here, in terms of economics and pre-colonization. Plantation life, eighteenth century technology, economics of the time, and dealings with Africa are all covered. Note: Each slide contains a lot of information, several class periods will be needed.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 34 Downloads
The Columbian Exchange
Take a closer look at what was traded between the Europeans and the Americas during the Columbian Exchange and which led to important cultural and economic developments in both regions. Tip: Expand the assignment to include animals, plants, culture, diseases, technology, etc.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 29 Views 27 Downloads
The Crusades - Pilgrimage or Holy War?
Walk your learners through the progression of the Crusades, discovering the political and religious motivations along the way, learning about such famous figures as Saladin and Richard the Lionheart, and considering the real historical impact of the pilgrimages.
11 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History 10 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The "New" European Imperialism
Discuss European Imperialism using this resource. This is an online world history learning exercise. Learners answer 20 questions regarding the new European Imperialism using drop-down menus to select their answers for each question. They can submit their answers to be scored.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 29 Views 182 Downloads