The theory of mercantilism says that a colony exists solely for the economic benefit of the mother country. Under this policy, the 13 colonies could only trade with Great Britain.
Why would Great Britain only want the 13 colonies to trade with them (and not other countries)? Is this a win-win situation for both Britain and the colonies? Why or why not?
In the late 1600s and early 1700s, the British government began to change some of the laws that governed the American colonies. The colonist did not always like these changes.
How would you feel if the rules you had to follow changed suddenly? How do you think you would react?
In 1692, 19 people were killed for witchcraft in the colony of Massachusetts. Their deaths were motivated primarily on fear.
Do you think there is anything happening in society today that – like the witch trials – is based primarily on fear? If so, what?
Indentured servitude was a labor system where young people paid for their passage to the New World by working for an employer for a certain number of years. It was widely used in the 1700s in the British colonies in North America.
What might would motivate a person to sell themselves into indentured servitude?
The first permanent English settlement in North America was Jamestown, Virginia. The conditions were bad: settlers clashed with Native Americans and, once the food ran out, were forced to eat rats, mice, dogs and cats.
Pick a city outside of North Carolina. Image you have just moved there. What do you think your life is like? Where do you live? Go to school or work? What do you do for fun? What kinds of foods might you eat?
During the Age of Discovery, European adventurers explored North America. Some historians say that these men were motivated by God, gold, and glory.
What do you think historians mean by the phrase “God, gold and glory”?
Christopher Columbus is credited with “discovering” America in 1492. However, there were already millions of people living in the Americas when he arrived.
What do you think life was like in America before Columbus “discovered” it?
What do you consider your greatest strength as a student? What one thing would you like to improve about yourself as a student?
What is a Bellringer?
A bell ringer is a warm up activity that is completed during the first 5 minutes of class. They will usually consist of a short writing assignment.