Build strong content knowledge, while also cultivating critical thinking skills, with this exciting, interactive activity about the Jamestown Colony. Take your students through the dramatic ups and downs of the first British colony on the East Coast of America while they trade shares as investors in the Virginia Company of London. When the final shares have been traded, and profits and losses have been accounted for, use their engagement to spark a critical discussion about the ethics, power relationships, and rings of responsibility involved in starting those early colonies.
This powerpoint presentation includes the whole story of the colony, notes about how to set up and unfold the lesson, some 'shares' for buying and selling, and a Discussion Mat with roles and sentence frames to scaffold and deepen the discussion at the end. You will need some fake money for students to buy and sell the shares. You may also want to do a little research on slavery and the economics of the early colonies, as there is a kick at the end of this tale, and your students will likely have questions during their discussions at the end! I have included some links to extra information at the end of the slideshow.
I have 2 additional lessons about early colonization of the East Coast of America, and you can also buy all three as a bundle.
For more information on the discussion format, see my Conversation MATters resource, also on this site, and check out this blog about developing speaking and listening skills: http://thefarreachteacher.weebly.com/blog/archives/07-2015.