Subject: Social Studies
Lesson Length: 25 - 30 mins
Topic: Colonial Regions
Brief Description: Students will learn how the colonial regions; northern, middle, and southern differed economically by exploring the advantages of their locations and what they exported.
Know Before You Start: Students should have a good understanding of where the colonial regions; northern, middle, and southern are located on both a physical and political map.
Read and discuss the sample comic. How do you think having a lot of forests helped the northern colonies prosper?
Show a map of the original thirteen colonies separated by region. Have students brainstorm what they believe the colonial regions exported based on their location.
Activity: Present these three prompts to students:
- Which colonial region do you think had the most access to waterways?
- Which colonial region do you think was known as the breadbasket?
- Which colonial region do you think had the most wildlife?
Using the sample comic as a guide, have students respond to one of the prompts in a two panel comic. Have them make sure to not only answer the prompt with the colonial region; northern, middle, or southern, but also use the comic to explain why they believe they are correct.
- Panel 1: Restate the prompt/question.
- Panel 2: Respond to the prompt and explain your reasoning.
Closure: Divide the class into groups based on the prompt they chose. Have them discuss their comics within their group.