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.
Assign one of the prompts to each student.
Allow students to use speech-to-text feature as needed.