Roanoke, The Lost Colony Mystery. ESL Social Studies. Distance Learning. Google.

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6th - 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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Product Description

Voyage to The Lost Colony of Roanoke with your class! Build background knowledge in ESL or ELA class or give your ELLs something exciting to do in Social Studies! This is a specially formatted version for Google Classroom. Students can type write on it, and use the graphic organizers on their computers.

Product Description Beginner English language learners are crying out for stimulating texts to develop their reading and language skills. These texts are hard to find.  This story is part of a collection of high interest material specifically designed for ENL, ELL and ESL students. It is short enough for beginners (at a two page reading) yet contains meaningful content and exciting activities that are sure to provoke discussion.

This Article It starts with a mystery -- what happened to the colonists. Then it describes how the Roanoke colony was founded and why John White needed to leave his family behind to leave for England. It ends with the famous perplexing clue left on the tree and asks students to inference what could have happened. It contains images by John White, allowing you to teach primary and secondary sources.

You get:

  • A 17-page Google Slide handout for students. Post straight on Google Classroom. No prep required.
  • Activities based on the reading, including multiple choice, finding pictures, sentence writing, and timelines.
  • Ideas for teachers — what to do before reading, during reading and after reading, including suggested aims.
  • A setting film strip to teach setting.
  • A timeline graphic organizer.
  • Answer keys and rubrics.

More great materials for your ELLs: Be sure to check out my Halloween products for nonfiction, an original short story, plus the classic "The Monkey's Paw". They are all for beginner ESL students, and there is a great value bundle containing the whole lot of them. If you're looking for fun activities, nonfiction, a short story for Christmas ("The Little Match Girl") and the New Year, take a look at my Christmas and New Year materials. I also have a series of short stories that will engage your students at any time, while teaching grammar and vocab. Enjoy browsing, and have fun teaching!

Further details:

Social Studies = Colonization, Roanoke Colony, Primary/Secondary source

Grammar = To be, past tense, sequencing

ELA = Nonfiction Grades = 6+

ENL Level = Beginner (plus)

Estimated length = At least two hours. My beginner ESL students took a week of classroom time, without doing all of the extra activities.

Graphic organizers can be pasted reused for any text, as they are intentionally not text specific. They make a great addition to your teaching resources.

Answer key and rubrics included.

Total Pages
17 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


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