A Pathfinder for 8th Grade

If you would like to learn more about the thirteen American colonies, follow the links on this pathfinder. It will help you find information in your school library media center, on the Internet, and in the community about the beginnings of America.

Print Resources-Books and Magazines

There are several excellent books about each of the 13 colonies. A few of the books are listed below. To locate more books, use the suggested keywords and phrases to search the online library catalog.


Most of the books about the original 13 colonies will be located in 974-975 among the books about the states.

973.2 Ear Home Life in Colonial Days

793.2 Dea Life in the American Colonies

973.2 Hak Making Thirteen Colonies

793.2 Kal Series of books about daily life in the colonies:

Tools and Gadgets

The Kitchen

Home Crafts

Customs and Traditions

Colonial Crafts

974.4 Ame The Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony

974.4 Col Pilgrims and Puritans, 1620-1676

974.4 Eri Daily Life in the Pilgrim Colong, 1636

974.4 Fra The Massachusetts Colony

974.5 Fra The Virginia Colony

975.1 Fra The Delaware Colony

974.7 Fra The New York Colony

974.5 Fra The Rhode Island Colony

974.8 Fra The Pensylvania Colony

974.2 Fra The New Hampshire Colony

974.9 Fra The New Jersey Colony

975.6 Fra The North Carolina Colony

975.7 Fra The South Carolina Colony

975.2 Fra The Maryland Colony

974.6 Fra The Connecticut Colony

975.8 Fra The Georgia Colony

974.71 Fra From Colony to Nation

973.2 Jan The Thirteen Colonies

974.4 Mor The Story of the "Old Colony" of New Plymouth

394.1 Pen Eating the Plates


Fic Avi Encounter at Easton

Fic Avi Night Journeys

Fic Bru Arrow Over the Door

Fic Coo Ransome of Mercy Carter

Fic Fle Saturnalia

Fic For Johnny Tremain

Fic Fri The Cabin Faced West

Fic Her Our Strange New Land

Fic Kee I Am Regina

Fic Kir Trouble's Daughter

Fic Las Beyond the Burning Time

Fic Osb Standing in the Light

Fic Ree Witch Child

Fic Rin Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce, A Pilgrim Boy


Ref 973.03 Uni The United States Encyclopedia of History

Ref 973 Fac Facts About the States--each state has a good timeline of its history


"Arts and Crafts of the Middle Atlantic Colonies." Cobblestone. November 2001.

"Life in Colonial Maryland." Cobblestone. September 2002. pp 3-7.

"Unsettling Discoveries at Jamestown: Suffering and Surviving in 17th-century Virginia." National Geographic. June, 2002.

pp 74-81.


"First Look at a Lost Virginia Settlement." National Geographic. June, 1979. pp 734-767.


"Reach for the New World." National Geographic. December, 1977. pp 724-767.


"Architect of Freedom: Thomas Jefferson." National Geographic. February, 1976. pp 230-259.


"Philosopher of Dissent: Benjamin Franklin." National Geographic. July, 1975. pp 92-123.


"Williamsburg: its College and Its Cinderella City." National Geographic. October, 1954. pp 439-486


"Washington's Historic Georgetown." National Geographic. April, 1953. pp 513-544.


"The Restoration of colonial williamsburg." National Geographic. April, 1937. pp 402-443.


"Diamond Delaware, Colonial Still." National Geographic. September 1935. pp367-398.

Online Resources--Internet Sites

The Web sites listed on this page have been previewed and selected for this topic. If additional information is needed, use the suggested keywords and phrases to search the Internet.

All 13 Colonies

13 Original Colonies Colonial Maps Click on a map of theCheasapeake Colonies, New England Colonies, Middle Colonies, and The Carolinas and Georgia

American History Timeline 1675-1700

A Brief History of the 13 Original Colonies Scroll down to the colony you are researching for historical information Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, Maryland, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia

Chart of the 13 Original Colonies Information about when the colony was founded and by whom.

Explore the States Click on a state to read a brief history about it.

Early American Literature Read the words of John and Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine and many more people who lived during the Revolutionary period.

Religion and the Founding of the American Republic from the Library of Congress Click on Religion and the Founding of the American Republic

Massachusetts Colony

The Pilgrim Story from the Pilgrim Hall Museum. Learn who the Pilgrims were, about their religion, their voyage in the Mayflower and their new life in America.

Plimoth on the Web Take a virtual tour of a recreation of one of the first colonies in America

Wampanoag History One of the first Native American peoples the early settlers of Massachusetts colony encountered.

Plymouth Colony Archive Project at the University of Virginia Biographies, court records, maps and landscape, and more.

Massachusetts Facts A review of history, government and symbols of Massachusetts

New Hampshire Colony

Brief History of New Hampshire

Pennsylvania Colony

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Information about the Native Americans in Pennsylvania and founding of the colony

Rhode Island Colony

History of Early Rhode Island

Virginia Colony

Jamestown Uncovered An article written about discoveries which have led to some surprising insights into everyday life at England's first permanent colony in North America.

Jamestown History

Colonial Williamsburg Click on the history link (Virginia colony)

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Colonial Life Topics

List of sites compiled by Mr. Jim Brigleb


Eighteenth Century Men's Hair and Wigs


Women's Fashions


Colonial Education

Education For Boys and Girls

Colonial Times


American Colonial Architecture

Architecture For Kids


Leisure Time and Games


Domestic Medicine

Domestic Medicine


Early Tools

Home Crafts

Home Crafts

Colonial America 100-1775


Colonial Links

17th and 18th Centuries

2nd New Jersey Regiment


Crime and Punishment


Colonial Law

Medical/Dental/Health Treatment

Colonial Medicine

Colonial America Links

Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip

Colonial Dentistry

Videos, CD-ROM, Laserdiscs, etc.

Our library has the following multimedia resources on your topic:

Dewey Decimal Numbers to Browse

If you want to browse the shelves in the library to locate information about [TOPIC], look for these numbers:

974-975 We have several books about each of the states and they have a section on history of the state. Be sure to look here for more information.

Keywords and Phrases for Searching

Do you need additional information? Try using these words and phrases to search Magazine Index, the library online catalog, CD-ROM or print encyclopedias or the World Wide Web:

The name of each of the present states which were the original colonies



Community Resources-People and Places

The following community contacts may help you with your topic:

Students and teachers who have gone on the annual school trip to Washington, D.C. and visited historic areas on the East coast