Although Jamestown is commonly remembered as Britain's first successful settlement in the New World, it is often forgotten that life in the colony was extremely challenging.
During this lesson, your students will examine a letter sent by a colonist to a merchant in London. By closely reading this document, students will use their historic thinking skills to determine what life was like for normal people in Jamestown. Using this and other primary sources, (the covers of three accounts intended to show opportunities available in the colony), students will postulate why colonists continued to come to Jamestown when the likelihood of their own survival was so low.
This lesson takes one class period and includes a guiding PowerPoint with supporting teacher notes, a two page worksheet students will use to process the letter from Jamestown, and a summative question that can be assigned for homework.
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