US I (Grade 6)

US I 5a

The student will demonstrate knowledge of the factors that shaped colonial America by

a)   describing the religious and economic events and conditions that led to the
      colonization of America.

  • Roanoke Island (Lost Colony) was established as an economic venture.
  •  Jamestown Settlement, the first permanent English settlement in North America (1607), was an economic venture by the Virginia Company.
  • Plymouth Colony was settled by separatists from the Church of England who wanted to avoid religious persecution.
  • Massachusetts Bay Colony was settled by the Puritans to avoid religious persecution. 
  • Pennsylvania was settled by the Quakers, who wanted freedom to practice their faith without interference.
  • Georgia was settled by people who had been in debtors’ prisons in England. They hoped to experience economic freedom and start a new life in the New World.

Roanoke Island
Roanoke Island


USI.4       The student will demonstrate knowledge of European exploration in North America
               and West Africa by

a)   describing the motivations for, obstacles to, and accomplishments of the Spanish, French, Portuguese, and English explorations;

b)   describing cultural and economic interactions between Europeans and American Indians that led to cooperation and conflict, with emphasis on the American Indian concept of land;

     Spain                              England                                     France
   Coronado                            Cabot                        Champlain               La Salle
   Southwest                    Eastern Canada                   Quebec        Mississippi River Valley

  Coronado               Cabot                Champlain              La Salle


The student will demonstrate knowledge of European explorations in North America and West Africa by

c)   identifying the location and describing the characteristics of West African societies (Ghana, Mali, and Songhai) and their interactions with traders.

The students took a snapshot on this standard Wednesday, December 8, 2016.

Weeks 15 and 16

The students will prepare an answer in response to a Project-Based assessment in lieu of a Benchmark.  The students will prepare a persuasive brochure convincing Englishmen to settle in the New World.  Using primary source sketches created by John White,
 the students will focus on the natural, human, and capital resources they observe in the sketches.  The project will be done in class.