Ch 36: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Early North American Settlements

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Prepare for the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam with these video lessons and self-assessment quizzes. Learn about the early North American settlements in this chapter of the exam study guide.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Early North American Settlements - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter cover the early North American settlements, including Jamestown colony, the Mayflower, and the Puritans. The southern and middle colonies, the rise of the slave trade, and the 13 colonies are also discussed. By the end of this chapter, you should be familiar with:

  • The Settlement of Jamestown
  • The Mayflower and the Plymouth Rock settlement
  • The Puritans and the founding of the New England colonies
  • The southern and middle colonies
  • Rise of the slave trade
  • The 13 colonies

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Early North American Settlements - Chapter Objectives

The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure measure competency in various subjects, in compliance with state teacher licensing requirements. The MTEL Middle School Humanities exam covers literature and language, reading, rhetoric, and composition, history, and geography, government, and economics. The material covered in this Early North American Settlements chapter of the study guide is tested in the history section of the exam, which comprises about 25% of the entire test. The exam includes 100 multiple-choice questions and two open-response questions.

7 Lessons in Chapter 36: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Early North American Settlements
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The Settlement of Jamestown Colony

1. The Settlement of Jamestown Colony

In 1607, the London Company settled the colony of Jamestown. The settlers overcame many odds to become the first permanent, English settlement in North America. In this lesson, learn about the failures and successes of Jamestown before it was taken over by the Crown.

The Mayflower and the Plymouth Rock Settlement

2. The Mayflower and the Plymouth Rock Settlement

Find out how much you know about the Pilgrims and their voyage. In this lesson, you'll learn about the misplaced Plymouth Colony, its escaped indentured servants, and the Wampanoag Indians who saved their lives.

The Puritans and the Founding of the New England Colonies

3. The Puritans and the Founding of the New England Colonies

Learn about the people and motives that led to the founding of Massachusetts Bay Colony, as well as the growth and internal dissent that led to the establishment of Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire.

The Southern Colonies: Settlement and Growth

4. The Southern Colonies: Settlement and Growth

What led to the use of slavery and the creation of different colonies? In this lesson, learn about the unique purposes and patterns of settlement, growth and society in the southern colonies (Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas, and Georgia).

The Middle Colonies: New York, Delaware, New Jersey & Pennsylvania

5. The Middle Colonies: New York, Delaware, New Jersey & Pennsylvania

Learn about the unique identity and diversity of the middle colonies that led America to be called a melting pot. English control of the middle colonies began with the takeover of New Netherland, from which all of the other middle colonies can trace their beginnings.

Rise of Slave Trade: Black History in Colonial America

6. Rise of Slave Trade: Black History in Colonial America

In this lesson, you'll learn a little about the slave trade, the growth and characteristics of slavery in the colonial period - including laws regulating the institution and the population of free blacks in the English colonies.

The 13 Colonies: Developing Economy & Overseas Trade

7. The 13 Colonies: Developing Economy & Overseas Trade

England's intention had always been for the colonies to make them rich. The plan worked, but it became more difficult for England to make sure things stayed that way. And even with regulation, the colonies prospered, too.

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