Ch 2: WEST History: Early Settlements in the United States

About This Chapter

Learn new facts or review what you know about early U.S. settlements with our video lessons and self-assessment quizzes. This topic is among those you will be tested on when taking the Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST) History exam.

WEST History: Early Settlements in the United States - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to go over details about how and where the early colonies of the U.S. were established to prepare you for the WEST History exam. This review can help you develop the following abilities that you can apply when answering questions about early U.S. history:

  • Detailing the problems facing the Jamestown colony
  • Describing the landing of the Mayflower and the relationship between pilgrims and the native Indians
  • Discussing the arrival and settlement of Puritans in the Northeast
  • Providing details about the expansion of the British colonies and life in the northern, southern and middle colonies
  • Summarizing the start of slavery in the American colonies

With a lot of information contained in these short and engaging videos, you might consider using the timeline feature which allows you to view portions of the lesson covering material that you might need to concentrate on. The quizzes are presented in the same format you will find on the actual WEST History exam and allow you to assess what you have learned from the lessons.

WEST History: Early Settlements in the United States - Chapter Objectives

The WEST History exam is designed to assess your comprehension of early and current U.S. and world history events in addition to social studies concepts. The Early Settlements in the United States chapter addresses characteristics of initial U.S. colonies, which you will be tested on in the first domain of the History exam. This domain covers American history prior to 1791. This 110-question exam is computer-administered.

WEST teacher certification exams are given to beginning and existing teachers in the state of Washington to measure their comprehension of basic and specific content areas. The Basic exam covers reading, writing and mathematics, while endorsement exams address diverse areas such as dance, physics, music, library media and visual arts. The WEST History exam is an endorsement exam and, like all endorsement exams, requires a passing score of 240.

5 Lessons in Chapter 2: WEST History: Early Settlements in the United States
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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 13 Colonies: Life in Early America

4. 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

5. 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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