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England Comes to America

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Grade Level:
Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
Social Studies
State Standards:
North Carolina State Standards
8.H.1.1, 8.H.1.2, 8.H.3.1, 8.G.1.1, 8.E.1.1


Under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, England would finally gain an interest in the New World in an attempt to keep up with Spain and other European powers who had long been exploring and settling the area. This activity explains why the 1580s were set up for this exploration, and why Roanoke Island was the final destination. 


  • Understand the causes and effects of Elizabethan Expansion in to the New World 
  • Explain how the first attempt at English Colonization contributed to the eventual development of North Carolina 
  • Explain how Roanoke Island played a key role in this expansion  
  • Describe why 1580's Europe was ready for a new explorations 
  • Explain how location and place have presented opportunities for the movement of people North Carolina 



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Last updated: October 6, 2015