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Chapter 2: 1607-1763 Inquiry Organizer

Compelling Question: What religious, political, and social movements and events fostered a sense of autonomy from Great Britain among the American colonists between 1607 and 1763?

Chapter Objectives:

  • Students will be able to identify characteristics of and evaluate changes and continuities in colonial life for various groups in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
  • Students will be able to compare colonies in North America to evaluate regional differences.
  • Students will be able to analyze the conflicts between colonists and the native populations as well as between European powers on the continent.
Supporting Question 1: What cultures, groups, and empires created the American colonies? Resources:

Supporting Question 2: How did the emerging national identity of the American colonies cause conflict with other nations and cultures? Resources:

Supporting Question 3: What is a nation, and what defined colonial national identity in North America? Resources:

Additional Resources:

Unit 1 Essay Activity What religious, political, and social movements and events fostered a sense of autonomy from Great Britain among the American colonists between 1607 and 1763? Option B: Compare and contrast the impact of TWO of the following on colonial North American development between 1607 and 1763: Puritanism, the Enlightenment, the First Great Awakening. Through this inquiry, students will evaluate primary and secondary sources to explain the factors that contributed to the emergence of a burgeoning autonomous identity in the colonial period. Assess students’ progress in understanding the compelling question for this chapter by assigning the Unit 1 Essay Activity.

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