The Thirteen Colonies 8th Grade ULTIMATE Lesson Plan

8th grade u.s. history curriculum & lesson plans the 13 colonies
13 Colonies Lesson Plan for 8th Grade

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Which brings me to the topic of teaching 8th graders about Colonial America, in particular, the 13 Colonies and colonial life.


By the time students reach the 8th grade level they should be more than ready to have their critical thinking skills challenged, developed an adequate level of historical inquiry abilities, and  formed a solid foundation of knowledge from which to grow upon when it comes to the American colonies. The lesson plans I've created and used to teach eighth graders all about the colonial times come with class presentation in both PowerPoint presentation and Google Slides format, includes ALL student exercise assignments in both PDF files and Google Slides formats (all with teacher answer keys), include guided notes student handout, project ideas for  students to conduct in-depth research, ready-to-go supplemental video links on YouTube, and so MUCH MORE!!

From the tragic causes and horrible effects of the Atlantic Slave Trade, to historically significant documents such as the English Bill of Rights & Mayflower Compact (which promoted and enabled the growth of representative government and ultimately would later culminate with the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence), to the motivations behind the gradual move towards widespread religious tolerance, as well as the geographies of the New England Colonies, Middle Colonies, and Southern Colonies and how that impacted their economies - it's ALL covered in my Colonial America Lesson Plan Unit!!


Through the incorporated use of extensive primary sources, students will gain a better understanding and comprehension of several important topics that pertain to the 13 Colonies including:

  • The causes and effects of slavery in the 13 Colonies, and what daily life was like for enslaved people
  • Why so many Europeans (religious groups) in search of religious freedom came to the British colonies in North America
  • The motivations behind the colonial governments that colonists established, such as the Virginia House of Burgesses
  • The historically significant roles of people like John Smith, William Penn, Roger Williams, James Oglethorpe, and many others played in the founding and establishment of the colonies
  • Why Jamestown became a crucial settlement and how tobacco significantly altered the course of its development
  • Influence of strict Puritan leaders and the Puritan way of life
  • The Great Awakening and Enlightenment (Age of Reason): what they were, why they're important, key individuals associated with them
  • Causes and effects of the French & Indian War
  • Plus, a whole lot more!


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