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Surviving Jamestown Lesson

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The Jamestown Colony Lesson Plan

All these resources go with this video lesson "The Story Behind the Success of Jamestown Colony."


This video lesson allows you to cut the lecture so you can spend your time supporting and connecting with students as they learn at their own pace.

As students watch they complete an interactive notesheet with fill-in-the-blanks, comprehension and critical thinking questions, and a thinking map.  The driving question of the video is 'What difficulties did the colonists face and what ultimately led to the success of Jamestown?" It teaches the lost colony of Roanoke, joint-stock company and the Virginia Company's funding of the Jamestown expedition to find riches, the early difficulties including the crazy "starving time", how John Smith and then John Rolfe helped to save the colony with leadership and with the cash crop of tobacco. Lastly, it teaches how indentured servants and the first enslaved African people who came in 1619 were used to fill the labor shortage. That same year of 1619, the first mini-Parliament, the House of Burgesses opened in Jamestown- leading to the roots of American democracy as well- so students see how much of American history came from Jamestown!

The video helps visual learners with on-screen text of the main ideas and vocab, powerful images, and it reviews the important concepts to ensure comprehension.

Jamestown DBQ Activity (with supports!) 

After the video students can complete a quick quiz to check for understanding. There is a PDF and a Google Form auto-graded quiz as well. Then, there is an optional extension activity for students to investigate 6 primary sources (short readings or images) to learn more about the challenges and success of Jamestown. There are guided questions that can be answered individually or groups before they complete a structured writing assignment.

There are answer keys for everything! Click & deliver engagement!


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