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This anticipation guide will support students’ comprehension as they read “A Little Kingdom in Carolina.” Students will work through a list of true or false statements before reading the article and will re-visit the statements after reading the article, finding evidence from the text to support their answers.

Worksheet — A Little Kingdom in Carolina

In the PDF version of this lesson plan (see print and share menu), this graphic organizer appears on a separate page for ease of printing.

Before reading Statement After reading
  1. In England after the reign of Henry VIII, there was much conflict between Protestants and Catholics.
  1. England had its own civil war.
  1. The English executed one of their kings.
  1. The Puritans, who had been living in England, came to the New World in the early 1620s.
  1. Virginia was considered a very healthy place to live, which led to increased colonization.
  1. The Carolina Colony once stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.
  1. Carolina was named after Queen Caroline.
  1. Carolina was granted to eight men, called the Lords Proprietors, who had remained loyal to King Charles II.
  1. The Lords Proprietors determined that the Carolina Colony would grant equal rights to all people that would settle there.
  1. Only men who owned land would be allowed to vote or hold office in the colony of Carolina.

After you have read the article “A Little Kingdom in Carolina,” list three things you have learned about the beginnings of the Carolina Colony.

Answers to anticipation guide

  1. True
  2. True
  3. True
  4. False
  5. False
  6. True
  7. False
  8. True
  9. False
  10. True

Sentences to support answers could include:

  1. “Since Henry VIII broke with the Catholic Church in 1534 and established the Church of England, Protestants and Catholics had struggled for power in England.” [There are several other sentences in the article that could be used by the students as well.]
  2. “Eventually, civil war broke out.”
  3. “Supporters of Parliament, led by Puritans, raised an army, defeated the king’s forces, and executed him in 1649.” [Students should know that the executed king was Charles I.]
  4. “Some migrated to America and founded Massachusetts Bay Colony.” [It is important for students to know that not all the Puritans went to New England. The English Civil War involved Puritans in England in the 1640s and 50s.]
  5. “Until about 1640, disease killed more than half of all immigrants to Virginia — many during their first summer in the colony!” [Also listed in the article are particular diseases that devastated Virginia in the early years of the colony.]
  6. “Eight of them requested land in America and received a huge tract of land: all the land between 31° and 36° N from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.”
  7. “Charles I had named the region Carolana, after the Latin form of his own name; his son now renamed it Carolina.”
  8. “The eight men to whom Carolina was granted were called Lords Proprietors.”
  9. “The Lords Proprietors were granted an extreme form of feudal lordship over Carolina, and settlers would be subject to them just as the proprietors themselves were subject to the king.”
  10. “Only men who owned land could vote or hold office, but that was true in England as well, and men needed less land to be eligible to vote in Carolina than they did in England.”

  • Common Core State Standards
    • English Language Arts (2010)
      • History/Social Studies

        • Grades 6-8
          • 6-8.LH.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • North Carolina Essential Standards
    • Social Studies (2010)
      • Grade 8

        • 8.H.1 Apply historical thinking to understand the creation and development of North Carolina and the United States. 8.H.1.1 Construct charts, graphs, and historical narratives to explain particular events or issues. 8.H.1.2 Summarize the literal meaning of...
        • 8.H.3 Understand the factors that contribute to change and continuity in North Carolina and the United States. 8.H.3.1 Explain how migration and immigration contributed to the development of North Carolina and the United States from colonization to contemporary...