US History I
"American Colonies Project" - Chapter 2
Mr. Conant

This project was designed with the consultation of prior students. Changes may occur.
We will be attempting to reach this standard:

.........................."Understands how transformations impact society."


TASKS:
1. Find a partner to work with. (You may choose to work alone, but no groups of 3+ without serious consultation.)
2. Choose a colony from Chapter 2 that no one else has. Sign up on Edmodo when specified. Earliest response wins topic.
...................................Consult page 61 for an appropriate list of colonies to choose from.
................Note that Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Carolina have two colonies.
3. Present everything below somehow and with a "visual aid" involved somewhere.

Include the following items somehow:
  • What are the pro’s and con’s of your chosen colony.
  • Include the major imports and exports, crops and products.
  • Note some unusual laws and rules (and punishments).
  • Include one or more maps showing the place you've chosen.
  • Note conflicts/wars and their effect on your colony.
  • Include a timeline of your colony's history until it became a state.
  • Note the types of people in your colony. Farmers, Puritains, or whatever.
  • Who are your neighboring colonies and how well did they get along with each other?
  • Describe how your colony changed in any way from its beginning to later times after 1700.
  • Describe how your colony was different socially after the early 1700's. Note the causes.

4. You have a lot of choice as far as how to proceed with research and presentation. You can use paper or computer. You can hand draw some pieces and print others and create slide shows for still others. Just remember that this must be presented at a certain time whether or not your partner is present. You need to communicate with each other and with the class. Use your on-line storage and communications to help but something must be presented when required to receive full credit. (H.O.W.L. discount if not done on-time)

Source citations are a given on all my projects.

Good Luck!

Grading:
25% Required Content (list above)
25% Historical Content (accuracy, depth)
25% Presentation Overall (organization, speaking skills, civility)
25% Visual Aids (poster, slide show etc.)

While viewing your peers, look for:
  • things to avoid doing in your presentations
  • things to try next time in your presentations
  • technology usage that helped or hurt the presentation you saw
  • technology that could have improved presentation you saw
  • details that were unusual and/or entertaining
  • speaking skills of the presenters - what made them good or bad?