Richard Frethorne's letter describes his difficulties with living in early colonial Virginia. He and his fellow workers are starving, diseased, weak, and living in fear of the natives. He begs his parents to bring him back to England and devises a scheme, involving old cheese that may help buy his indenture.
The activity helps students access Frethorne's interesting story, while reinforcing the difficulties in early Jamestown.
Original letter is reformatted, broken into five parts, and lines are lettered. Modern translation in placed next to the original text. Students match the original text with the modern. After, students look at original text and identify lines that support six questions and statements. Statements include:
-Which part of Frethorne’s letter complains about the food?
-Which part of Frethorne’s letter hints at his duties as an indentured servant?
-Which part of Frethorne’s letter would get the most sympathy from his parents? (opinion)
Included with this file are:
4 page student handout with the original text and a modern translation/ summary
4 page key
6 questions and answers that encourage students to close-read original text