Ch 20: NES: Settling North America

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Get ready to sit for the NES Middle Grades Social Science examination by reviewing this chapter on the settling of North America. Revisit these topics and take several quizzes as you prepare to earn a teaching endorsement in social science.

NES - Settling North America - Chapter Summary

Discover additional facts about the settling of North America through this chapter. Watch the informative video lessons in order to prepare for the NES Middle Grades Social Science examination. They describe the journeys of the first North American explorers and the founding of the colonies. They also provide a look at what life was like for the early colonists. Gain information about the battles that took place between the settlers and the Indians as well as the development of industry. Studying these video lessons could enable you to:

  • Discuss the reasons for the North American exploration
  • Teach students about the settlement of Jamestown colony
  • Explain the founding of New Netherlands, New France, New Sweden and Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • Clear up misconceptions about the Pilgrims
  • Explore the building of the New England, Southern and Middle colonies
  • Discuss the 13 Northern and Southern colonies
  • Learn more about the rise of slavery

This chapter is designed to add to your knowledge of the settling of North America as you get ready to take the NES Middle Grades Social Science examination. Check out the video, quiz and course portions of the chapter. Click the timeline link under the online video and find the lessons' highlighted subjects. Explore the Dashboard area, which contains course links and the ask-an-expert feature. When you reach the end of a lesson, take its corresponding quiz. These brief tests can be taken more than once, and their results can be printed out for future study.

NES - Settling North America - Chapter Objectives

The NES Middle Grades Social Science examination will require you to analyze the development of the colonies, the increase in slavery and the differences between the colonies. You'll answer these kinds of questions during the History content domain. One of four domains on the assessment, this section will provide you with 50% of the entire score. After three hours of answering 150 multiple-choice questions, you could qualify for a social science teaching endorsement. The assessment is administered by computer.

9 Lessons in Chapter 20: NES: Settling North America
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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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