UPDATED FALL 2016 -Due to the fact that there is new archaeological evidence to consider, I have updated this lesson.
What happened to the Lost Colonists of Roanoke is a mystery that has intrigued people for centuries. This lesson allows students to consider the theories about what happened to the colonists by asking them to evaluate the primary source evidence. The evidence is presented in 30 well-researched "Evidence Cards." Each card features a primary source such as a passage from John White's account of his voyage or a detail from a map as well as some interpretive information to provide some context for the source.
Students are invited to consider whether the evidence strongly supports a theory or helps to disprove the theory.
This lesson can support Common Core ELA Anchor Standard 8: 8. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
There is also a 20 slide power point presentation that helps reinforce the concept of primary sources while introducing the story and the task.
This is a major update of this lesson with a different look and twice as much evidence to consider using with students. Since the original version of this lesson was also quite popular, I have included it as a separate folder in the zipped file.