November 29, 2010
Theme: The Thirteen Colonies
(b) Knowledge and skills.
(1) History. The student understands the causes and effects of European colonization in the United States. The student is expected to: (A) explain when, where, and why groups of people colonized and settled in the United States
Fradin, D. B. (2006). Turning Points in US History: Jamestown, Virginia. New York, NY: Benchmark Books.
Summary: This book describes how European settlers colonized America and founded the first colony of the New World, Jamestown. The book explores the life of the settlers in Jamestown and the founding father of the first colony. The author focuses on how the settlers survived in the colony and warded off attacks from the Indians who were already living on the land. The book goes through time tracing the history of the early settlers of the New World and the founding and settling of Jamestown. The book tells how Jamestown survived as a colony. The book describes how the settlers built a fort and other building to protect their colony from attack by the Indians. The author talks about the tobacco farming which helped Jamestown survive and become a successful permanent colony in the New World. This book is well illustrated with colorful reproduction of print, paints and documents from the time and settlement of Jamestown. The author focuses on the leaders of the colony, the hardships and how they stayed strong and survived. This book will help students see the first successful colony to become permanent amidst the hardships. The book offers a real world fill of how colonial life was in the 1600 and 1700s. The book also encompasses color dialog boxes with extra historical facts and other interesting facts and excerpts from actual settlers during that time. There are also maps for students to see where the Jamestown and other colonies settled and what they look like today on the US map.
Karwoski, G. (2001). Surviving Jamestown: The Adventures of Young Sam Collier. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree Publishers.
Summary: This book provides an interesting look at the colonial times through the eyes of a young boy, Sam Collier, who is excited about traveling to the New World. Sam Collier is apprentice to John Smith, the founder of the first colony, Jamestown. In the book, Sam Collier is twelve years old and he thinks is the luckiest boy in the world because he gets to journey to the New World and start a new life. Sam finds out his journey is short of exciting due to harsh times and struggle for survival. With the settling of Jamestown, settlers were unprepared. There was lack of food, the weather was harsh, many people died, and the settlers were attacked by the Indians who were already there. This book provides an introductory look into Jamestown, the first colony settled in the New World. The setting of the story starts in England and expands into the New World when Sam Collier, John Smith, and the other settlers arrived. There is controversy throughout the book because the founder of Jamestown, John Smith is not trusted by the other settlers so this causes strife. And Sam starts to wonder if he made the right decision to come to the New World. The book is filled with colorful illustrations and maps of the route traveled to the New World. Although this a fiction book and it takes a look in the colonial times, the “Author’s Note” provides clarification of what is fact and what is fiction in the book. This a good book for young readers to help with understanding the colonial era through the eyes of a twelve year old boy.
Masoff, J. (2000). Chronicle Of America: Colonial Times, 1600-1700. New York, NY: Scholastic.
Summary: This book takes a deeper look into what it was like during the colonial times when settlers came to the New World. The book provides a different view of the colonial...