1. Divide the class into 13 groups, one per colony.
2. Assign, or allow students to select, a colony.
3. Have students research, for a brief report, the events surrounding their colony’s entrance into the United States.
4. When all groups have concluded their research, have each report to the class. Help students keep track of the order in which states were admitted. Have students label the month and year of each state’s admission on their blank maps. On the back of the map sheet, have students keep a list of the issues that arose in many state legislatures and Constitutional Conventions.
5. Assign a short paper in which students discuss the major issues surrounding admission and whether these are important concerns today.
Colonies to States
This lesson was developed by Bette Brooks, Kent State University.