The Thirteen Colonies


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In 1775, the British claimed authority over the red and pink areas on this map and Spain ruled the orange. The red area is the area of the 13 colonies open to settlement after the Proclamation of 1763.In 1607 England's first permanent overseas settlement was founded.  Jamestown was to become the first of many new colonies set up by those coming from Britain for many different reasons.  Reasons ranged from religious freedom to the ability to start a new life to being forced to go to this new world to pay off debts owed to the king.  Through researching the colonization of America, you will discover the areas that are alike and those that are different for each of the Southern, Middle and New England Colonies. You will find out why each region was founded. For each region you will uncover the hardships that the settlers faced while creating a new life that was accepting of everyone. You will discover the challenges they faced territorial, differences and similarities, religious factors, and slavery issues. At the end of this research, you will compile all your information and create a multi-media presentation for the class about your findings. 

















Task: The task is to identify and make discoveries of the 13 original colonies. You will uncover this information through research. Your final report will include:

  • Identification of the 13 original colonies
  • The founders of each colony
  • The year it was founded
  • Descriptions of why the colonies were founded
  • Geographical characteristics of each colony
  • The role of religious development
  • Slavery: was it used, where was it used and where were they used
  • A timeline of the regions

You will be responsible for presenting your findings through a multi-media presentation. (Power Point or the like)

Process: Step 1 -Identify the Problem

1.   The three experts on your team will be divided into three regions. Each person must choose a region.

2.   Each expert must print out their Information Sheet for their region.

o    The Southern Colonies

o    The Middle Colonies

o    The New England Colonies

           Step 2 –Gathering the Evidence for how the Colonies started and existed

1.   Review some key terminology of the colonial period.

o    Glossary of Colony Terms

           Step 3 –Determine the Causes for the Colonies to be formed

    1. What role did religion play in the development of your region?
    2. Describe slavery in your region or the attitude towards slavery.

           Step 4 –Evaluate the Policy that led to the Colonies to begin to separate from




Resources:    Google

                Thirteen Colonies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia












Emerson Middle School

Web Quest- 13 Colonies











Completion of the Task


Little or no work done.

Two or three of the tasks completed

Four to seven of the tasks completed

All tasks completed


Quality of the Presentation

Presentation sloppy and not informative

Presentation lacks vital information and is hard to understand

Presentation is lacking some information, but is good, easily understood

Presentation is thorough and shows the level of work put into it



Information on the 13 Colonies



No information on any colony

Information on one to six colonies

Information on seven to twelve colonies

Information on all 13 colonies



Group Work




No evidence that the work was completed by everyone and not just one or two students

Little evidence that work was completed by everyone and not by just one or two students

Evidence that the work was completed by more than two students

Evidence that work was completed by all students








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Conclusion: You will have a better understanding of how the 13 original colonies were founded after completing this Web Quest. You will have learned about the three regions, religion, slavery and how to work collaboratively as a team.


Standards:   History of the United States and New York-Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to

demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of the

United States and New York.

                World History-Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major

ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in world history and examine the broad sweep of history from a

variety of perspectives.

Geography- Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the geography

of the interdependent world in which we live—local, national, and global—including the distribution of people, places,

and environments over the Earth’s surface.

                     Civics, Citizenship, and Government-Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate

their understanding of the necessity for establishing governments; the governmental system of the United States and

other nations; the United States Constitution; the basic civic values of American constitutional democracy; and the

roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, including avenues of participation.