Middle School Social Studies
Life in the Colonies
Directions: Answer all parts of this question on your answer sheet.
Prompt: The land, climate and natural resources of the English colonies
determined what the people produced and what industries were developed. The
New England colonies, Middle colonies and Southern colonies, therefore,
developed in different ways resulting in cultural and economic differences.
A. Pick two of the colonial regions listed above and list at least
one cultural similarity and one economic similarity between them.
B. Pick two of the colonial regions listed above and list at least
one cultural difference and one economic difference between them.
Explain the causes of these differences in detail.
Student gives correct answers for parts A and B. All explanations are clear and complete.
There is evidence of clear understanding of the concept.
Student gives correct answers for parts A and B. Explanations are correct, but possibly
unclear. There is less evidence of clear understanding.
Student answers 1 (A or B) part of the question completely correct. There is some
evidence of understanding.
Student gives only parts of correct answers. There is little evidence of understanding.
Response is totally incorrect or irrelevant (does not add any new information to the
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