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Ch 21: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): North American Settlements & Colonies

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Review information on European settlements in North America and about life in the colonies as you study for the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) exam. Our videos and quizzes will help you correctly answer exam questions on these topics.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): North American Settlements & Colonies - Chapter Summary

Let us help you renew your knowledge of how and where Europeans settled North America and what life in those colonies was like. These video lessons will help you tackle MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) exam questions on topics including:

  • Exploration of North America
  • The Jamestown Colony
  • Dutch, French and Swedish settlements
  • Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower
  • The New England colonies and the Puritans
  • Settlement of the Southern and Middle colonies
  • Daily life in early America
  • The slave trade and African-American life

You can review these lessons as your schedule permits, using a computer, smartphone or tablet. The lessons are sort, averaging about five minutes each. Clickable timelines make it easy to return to key spots in the lesson for additional review.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): North American Settlements & Colonies Chapter Objectives

Passing the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) exam is a requirement for licensure to teach the subject in Michigan. The exam assesses your knowledge in seven subareas including history, geography, economics and political science. Questions on the material covered in this chapter are in the U.S. history subarea, which accounts for 18% of the exam's total content.

All questions on the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) are multiple choice, as are the short quizzes that accompany each of our lessons. These quizzes offer the opportunity to gain experience answering questions similar to what you'll see on the exam. Additionally, they let you gauge your knowledge and learn what requires extra review before taking the exam.

9 Lessons in Chapter 21: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): North American Settlements & Colonies
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North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England

1. North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England

Between 1497 and 1607, the rulers and leading citizens of European nations fought to establish their own empires in North America, as Spain had been doing for 100 years in South America. Learn about influential explorers and their failed attempts to establish their own New World colonies.

The Settlement of Jamestown Colony

2. 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.

New France, New Netherlands & New Sweden: North American Settlements

3. New France, New Netherlands & New Sweden: North American Settlements

Spain and England weren't the only European nations trying to establish colonies in the New World. The French had a foothold for more than a century, and the Dutch and Swedish fought for their own places in America.

The Mayflower and the Plymouth Rock Settlement

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

The 13 Colonies: Life in Early America

8. The 13 Colonies: Life in Early America

What was it like to live in America during the colonial period? Just like today, it depended where you were. Learn about the factors that categorized all of the American colonies, as well as the differences between the northern, middle and southern colonies.

Rise of Slave Trade: Black History in Colonial America

9. 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.

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