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Ch 11: Settling North America - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science

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Watch brief video lessons to learn the history of the settlement of North America. Refreshing your knowledge will help you prepare for the pertinent history questions of the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test.

Settling North America: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science - Chapter Summary

This chapter of the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science: Practice & Study Guide will address the history of North America from the time of exploration to the burgeoning slave trade in the colonial era. Learning about noteworthy terminology and significant aspects of North American settlement will develop your confidence in answering pertinent questions on the test. The lessons in this chapter will address:

  • Efforts of France and England in the exploration of North America
  • Jamestown, the first permanent English colony
  • Settlements of the French, Dutch, and Swedish in New France, New Netherlands, and New Sweden
  • Plymouth Rock and the travelers of the Mayflower
  • Massachusetts Bay Colony and the Puritans
  • Factors in the growth of the southern colonies
  • Development of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware
  • Diverse lifestyles of the original 13 colonies
  • Rise of the slave trade in colonial America

As you view these video lessons, you will be guided by expert instructors who will be available to provide assistance should it be needed. The videos are accompanied by transcripts with highlighted terminology that may prove beneficial to know for the test.

Settling North America: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science Objectives

The ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test consists of roughly 150 multiple-choice questions, 50% of which test historical knowledge. One of the objectives of the history domain of questions is to demonstrate an understanding of world developments from 1350 to 1850. Within this objective, knowledge of the development of the Americas will help you to be prepared for any relative questions on the test. This chapter will sufficiently detail the history of the settlement of North America so you may answer pertinent questions confidently.

9 Lessons in Chapter 11: Settling North America - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science
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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