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Colony Faire Project Guidelines

RESEARCH - completed by Friday, November 13th (40% of grade)
POSTERS - DUE Thursday, November 19th  
(40% of grade)
PRESENTATIONS - Friday, November 20th
(20% of grade)

1. GATHER information about a colony from books and online links in this libguide.
    Make NoodleTools notecards.

    Required areas:

  • Geography and Climate
  • Government / Politics/Founder
  • Religion and Tolerance for other religions
  • Resources/Architecture
  • Economy / Trade / Jobs / Occupations
  • Daily Life / Diseases
  • Relationships with neighboring colonies and with Indian tribes
  • Ability to purchase or gain land and/or shelter 

3. CREATE a poster; it must include:

  • Reasons why someone should settle in your colony
  • Photos / Illustrations for each of the eight categories that you researched

    POSTERS must be:     

  • Well-written text that includes descriptive language
    (earn an extra 25% for writing in Old English!)
  • Well-designed
  • Colorful 

RESEARCH - completed by Friday, November 13th (40% of grade)
POSTERS - DUE Thursday, November 19th  
(40% of grade)
PRESENTATIONS - Friday, November 20th
(20% of grade)



Trade Routes


Old English

I Bequeath Thee......

Plimoth Plantation: Talk Like a Pilgrim Word of the Day

American Heritage: Lost Words of Colonial America

University of Groningen: Colonial documents from 1600 - 1650


Authentic Example of Sales Brochure

A SALES BROCHURE - An excerpt of a pamphlet that was published in London in 1666 to encourage settlement of the new colony.

A Brief Description Of The Province of Carolina On the Coasts of Floreda. And More perticularly of a New-Plantation begun by the English at Cape-Feare, on that River now by them called Charles-River, the 29th of May. 1664. Wherein is set forth The Healthfulness of the Air; the Fertility of the Earth, and Waters; and the great Pleasure and Profit will accrue to those that shall go thither to enjoy the same.

LearnNC:  A Brief Description of the Province of Carolina - 


Colonization - Timeline

Gilder Lehrman: Colonization & Settlement 1585 - 1763  - interactive timeline

The History Place: Early Colonial Era


Essential Questions / Research Focus

What were the similarities and differences among the colonies in North America?

  • Analyze the similarities and differences among the English colonies in North America

What was life really like in the colonies?

  • Analyze primary and secondary source material to explore eight aspects of life in the American colonies, including rights of colonists, religion, education, and life for enslaved African Americans.

The Colonies

Mr. Nussbaum - 13 Colonies Region - map, climate, geography, religion, economy

Land of the Brave 13 Colonies-

PBS Colonial House - an interactive tool to learn more about Colonial times, language, dress and the land.

Architecture Overview

Diseases in Colonial America

Spread of Disease in Colonial America-

New England Colonies (northern) Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island

Middle Colonies New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware

Southern Colonies  Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia


Colony Founding Dates


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