Lesson Plan

From the first settlers in Jamestown to the first shots at Lexington, American colonists set up their own governments. How did colonial government take shape and what exactly did it look like?  In this lesson, students explore how colonial government was both similar to and different from government in Britain and how it influenced the government we have today. 

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  • Explain the general structure for government in the colonies

  • Compare and contrast government in the colonies to government in Britain

  • Identify qualifications for political participation in early colonial development

  • Explain how colonial government influenced the U.S. Constitution


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