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The 13 Colonies Webquest!

Thirteen Colonies Webquest

Introduction:

The United States started out as 13 colonies along the Atlantic Coast of North America. These colonies were controlled by the English (or British). The original 13 colonies were founded in the 1600s and 1700s, starting with Virginia and ending with Georgia.

Task:

In this webquest, you will research one of the original New England colonies. During your research, you will answer these 5 important questions about the geography, history, culture, economics, and people of the colony:

1. Where is the colony located? (GEOGRAPHY)
2. When, why, how, and by whom was the colony founded? (HISTORY)
3. What was life like for the colonists living in the colony? (CULTURE)
4. What were the major industries in the colony? (ECONOMICS)
5. Who was important in the history of the colony? (PEOPLE)

Once you have the answers, you will create a 1 page newspaper about your colony.

New England Colonies:

Choose a colony from the list below. To research the colony, click on the links underneath the colony's name. Each link will take you to a page with information on the colony. Answer the questions on your packet as you are reading the information.

Before you get started on individual links, click on this interactive map website. When the map appears, click on your colony for some basic information to get you started.

Connecticut:
 
 

 
Massachusetts:



New Hampshire:
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Rhode Island:
 
 
 
Click here for more information on the New England Colonies!
This website will help with geography!
And for more information on the New England colonies, try here too!
 

Colonial Newspaper:

Once you have all your research, it's time to start writing your newspaper articles. It is best to write your articles on notebook paper first, before typing the articles into the computer. When you are ready to begin typing and publish your newspaper, choose from one of the 6 newspaper templates below. Each template has space for 5 articles and 1 piece of artwork. Click on the arrow to download your template. Save it to your computer before you begin typing!
 
 
You will have 5 articles in your colonial newspaper.

The main article will have 1 paragraph about the history of the colony, 1 paragraph about the culture of the colony, and 1 paragraph about the economics of the colony. There will also be an introduction and a conclusion. Click here for more information on how to write the main article.

The other articles in your colonial newspaper are much smaller. The next article will be about a person who was very important to the history of the colony. Click here for more information on how to write the important person article.

The third article is in one of the boxes on your newspaper. It is all about the location of the colony. Click here for what to include in the location article.

Your fourth article is really a list. Here you will tell important dates in the colony's history. Click here for what to place in the important dates section of your newspaper.

The fifth article is a place for fun facts about the colony. You can write these in paragraph form or a bulleted list. Click here for more information on the fun facts section.

Lastly, you have space to select one piece of artwork for your newspaper. Choose artwork that is representative of the colony you have researched. Included in the document below are many clip art options to choose from. There are pictures of the actual colony as well as pictures of colonists. Look through all the pictures and select your favorite.
 
 

Finishing the Project:

  1. Change the name on the newspaper to include the colony's name. Some suggestions include: New York News, New Hampshire Herald, Georgia Times, South Carolina Post. Be creative with your newspaper title.
  2. Change the date on the newspaper. You may want to use today's month and day, but be sure to use a year that is in colonial times (1600s to 1700s).
  3. When you are finished, remember to read through all your articles. Make sure they make sense! You can also go to Tools on the toolbar and click on Spelling & Grammar (Spell Check). This tool will look through your newspaper and find misspelled words.
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