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Activity Overview


The American colonies provided the British Empire with goods and resources that couldn't easily be obtained on home soil. Because of the varying geographies and locations, each colony was built out of different economies. Having students compare and contrast the different regions is a great way for them to understand how the colonies contributed to Britian's economy as well as why certain areas were more valuable (and thus worth fighting to preserve).

For this activity, students must create a grid explaining and analyzing the development and differences of British colonies in North America. Dividing their grid into three regions (New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern Colonies), students will research and define the means of production for each colony, and what defined each regional economy. The second half of their grid will define what was produced, and therefore, how each colony served the British Empire economically. This will serve as both a visual and comparative chart for students when reviewing the differences between regional British colonies, as well as how Britain utilized and profited off each region.



Extended Activity

Student may research their own contemporary regional economies and make a similar chart.

  • What defines your regional economy in the 21st century?
  • What are the major factors of production, and how do they serve the greater nation as a whole?
  • If you live in one of the regions in the US that was a colony, has the regional economy changed?
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-10

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group



Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard detailing the development of the British colonies in North America.

  1. Click "Start Assignment"
  2. In the title boxes, note the different British colonies.
  3. In the top row, describe the economy of the colony.
  4. In the bottom row, describe the means of production for the colony.
  5. Illustrate each description with appropriate characters, scenes, and items.
  6. Save and submit your storyboard


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