Want a great way for students to engage in a group activity while they examine maps, artifacts, primary sources, and solve a historical mystery? Download The Lost Colony of Roanoke CSI!
This exciting activity can be used to challenge individual students or to encourage collaboration in groups of up to five. Students form CSI teams and examine real evidence from the Roanoke to determine what happened to the colonists. It's a great way to encourage students to support historical arguments with relevant sources. It is also a great first step in teaching students how to write well thought out answers to document based questions and essays.
This set includes everything you need to run a 1 - 2 class period CSI investigation. It contains the following:
- A CSI Final Report with directions that students complete as a group.
- Background information that teaches the events that led to the lost colony's disappearance.
- Evidence exhibits (map based, primary source diary entries, a medical autopsy report, tree ring analysis, and detailed summaries of physical evidence left behind on the Roanoke location).
-Five theories of why the colonist might have disappeared which include analytical questions to support group discussion.
This activity supports higher level thinking and encourages students to view history as a fun investigation!