Curtural Encounters Reflection

In the simulations they helped me understand how hard it was to live back in those times. It also helped me understand that people had to work together for the village to be successful and healthy. They always had to work together to make houses and grow crops.

Reading the books about my job which was a blacksmith helped me understand how important I was to the colony. I thought about how everyone helped each other to have a good business. We all supply each other with materials that we need to make our product. There was a lot of different words for common materials in those days.

The journal entries helped me understand by letting me make character traits of him and how he changes. It let me express him and what his likes and dislikes are.

In this unit I learned all about how the U.S.A came to be what it is now. I learned all about the immigration of Europeans and how hard it was to live when they got there. It wasn't like moving into a house because they had to build one. I learned about how many died in the Winter. I learned about their relationship with the Natives. I learned about many interesting jobs. The colony had to work together as a team.

The New World Journey

Will we live? I thought. I doubt it. Why is my family so stupid? I mean, we could stay.Plus, I am 20 and could definitely make my own decisions so I would stay. But, my parents said all of us had nothing to lose. Maybe that is true. I think staying is better than dying, obviously. I looked over at the clusters of people waiting for the boat like me. Some happy, some sad and almost crying like me. I didn't think there was anything to be jolly about. Six weeks on a boat? That does not sound exciting.

My mom tried to cheer me up but I kept my head down, hopeless. I miserably watched my tear roll down into the colossal ocean below me. My 16 year old sister, Veronica loaded my dad with questions about what the New World was going to be like. I told her we weren't going to make it but instead she drowned in her "exciting" thoughts. My 19 year old brother, Max didn't care about leaving and just explained that I couldn't stop us from going and that really put me down. People mournfully and some excitingly gathered their stuff.

"See I told you we weren't going to die", my sister told me."You'll see", I snapped back, almost tripping over a hammer. I silently walked over to the railing and flicked an ant off the ship. I felt bad and kind of stupid after. Suddenly, my brother tapped me on the back so I turned around."You alright now"? he asked me. "Yeah, I really wasn't that sick", I replied. "You think we'll make it"? Max asked. " Hopefully, 'cause if we don't then this will all be a waste", I responded." It is an experience, not a waste", my mom sharply told me, coming from behind."Whatever", I said walking away. My mom angrily sighed and Max put his hand on his forehead and scratched his hair. My dad was seasick and the rest of my family was fine. Two other passengers have died. I felt so sad when I heard the news, even though I didn't know them. The food on the ship was not really good but I could live with it.

There was one storm that was really bad. I slipped around everywhere but only got a couple scrapes. Some got really hurt and almost thrown off.

We finally landed!I sat on the soft shore, stretching out my legs and arms like a starfish. "Told you", my sister said kicking a bit of sand on my face. I skillfully jumped back onto my feet and followed after my brother."Where are we going"? I asked."I don't know", Max replied, shrugging. We walked somewhere and then stopped. "Wait", said Max."We shouldn't go by ourselves, we should go with other people so they can help us", he consulted me."True", I agreed. We walked back towards the boat and it wasn't a long journey. We could see a man standing up on a rock and making a speech."If we are going to be successful and survive, then we have to work together", explained the man. "Yeah, let's get to work", said another man, rousing the crowd. So everyone got to work to survive.

Those times on the boat were treacherous. We didn't really have a lot of space and it smelled really bad. It was so boring, too. I was happy we got here but, I am NOT going on a boat ride like that again. We had a hard time sleeping and surviving. It was hard to get our daily needs.

Our colony was doing okay, at least we were surviving. I got pretty good business for a blacksmith, I'd say. My family was okay but, my mother quickly got sick and died within the first month that we got here. But I still think moving was worth it. Back in England, no one ever treated me nicely because of my religion.That's why I moved, even though I told my family we could deal with it. But deep down in my heart, I knew we couldn't. Basically everyone worked most of the day. I was surprised how well our colony worked together. We had meetings every other week and they commonly were well run. One person would be chose to run them each time. The farmers have good batches of good food most of the time so I was usually satisfied. Winter was a real challenge, for shelter and food. Our colony had to hunt more often.

Our colony was still doing good. But things have changed, in a meeting we decided to try and trade with the Natives. We tried and traded a bit but the problem was trust. The fur traders did the trading because they were among the Natives a lot. It was spring and we had a problem, disease was spreading. Many died that Winter and mostly everyone thought the disease came from animals so some became vegetarians. I don't think that was smart because meat is a big source of food here. It is so much better than England, guaranteed. The food is better and there are more things to do here. The Natives say we have to go but we will try to make peace. That better go well.

Everything is good now, I've gotten used to my daily routine. Just making materials and having fun with the Natives. I didn't think the peace plan would work because I've heard rotten things about the Natives, but I don't believe that now. They help us hunt and grow crops. I'm a pretty important part of the colony, even to the Natives. I make good money and love what I do.

Our laws are good and bad. We are not aloud to go explore far off with the Natives. I guess that is about trusting the Natives. But the best law is everyone has to work daily. Everyone should help our colony survive. It will make us be better off for the future. We are good at surviving through the Winter, too.

A New Kind of Freedom

The main reason why Johann came to the new world was because of the farming. He heard he would get 450 acres so then he had such a chance to make money and have a better house. Also, all religions were legal in Pennsylvania and his was illegal in Germany so he also came for the freedom.

Later on, Johann was satisfied about the decision he made. He was much better off in Pennsylvania and had made many friends from other countries. He loved the land and the way William Penn ran everything.

Molly's dream

Molly is a Scottish 13 year old girl and also is an indentured servant. Her dream is to be just like Mrs.Simmons and run her own business. To make this dream come true, Molly must become a perfect seamstress and have the courage for it. It also must be at least 5 years later because she is not free. She wants her family to live altogether in the U.S.A. after her contract is over and her brother's.

Essential Questions

Why do people move?

People use to move to get away from poverty, religious enforcements and to make new economic opportunities. Nowadays, people usually move just because of jobs. That is why I moved. Back then, there was a lot of open space in the U.S.A so a lot of people moved there. It was their way to make a better life for themselves. It was easy to find a place in the U.S.A because there was so much space and they made money since it was easy to grow crops. That is my background information.


Immigration is when a person comes to a new country to settle. A long time ago, people did it a lot. They moved to get away from religious enforcements, to make new economic opportunities and to get away from poverty. It is a way to make their life better. There was a lot of space in the U.S.A so it was easy to move in and grow crops. Most of the immigrates passed through Ellis Island, New York. 25% of modern Americans can trace back their ancestors to Ellis Island! Even when you go to a country just for vacation, you still have to pass through immigration. Nowadays, people usually move for jobs.
That is what I learned from the Brain pop movie.