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Students explore Pocahontas.  In this U.S. history critical thinking lesson, students view a video clip about Pocahontas and John Smith. Students give opinions about whether they think Pocahontas really saved John Smith's life, and then review various historical accounts of the story as primary and secondary sources. Students examine documented evidence to refine or change their opinion.
Explore European settlers by researching the history of Virginia. In this Native American history lesson, young scholars identify the famous American Indian Princess named Pocahontas, her relationship with John Smith, and her marriage to fellow colonist John Rolfe. Examine illustrations of Virginia in the 1600's, the Powhatan people, and Pocahontas.
Fourth graders research the life and accomplishments of Pocahontas. In this historical figures lesson, 4th graders explore primary sources available from the Library of Congress regarding colonial Virginia and determine how Pocahontas worked to preserve her community in the face of great change.
Students, after studying about Pocahontas, identify ways they can deal fairly with others. Given various scenarios, students demonstrate proper social skills. They describe their contributions of peace to their family, school and community.
Students identify how Pocahontas contributed to the common good. In this philanthropy lesson, students read a selection about Pocahontas and identify ways that she was philanthropic. Students role play an action that Pocahontas took that benefited the common good.
Students explain how Pocahontas contributed to the people of Jamestown. They relate her actions to the core democratic values. They also infer about the effect of her actions.
Students explore the life of Pocahontas and Powhatan Indians. After studying information on a given website, students compare and contrast what they read about Pocahontas and what they previously thought of her. They explore life in a Powhatan village and watch the Disney movie, "Pocahontas." Students explain the differences between the facts they gathered about Pocahontas and the way the movie portrayed her.
Students examine the story of Pocahontas. In this early American history lesson, students use primary and secondary sources to gather clues about the interactions between the English settlers and the Native Americans. The activities are differentiated to address a diverse class with varying levels of background knowledge and reading proficiency.  
Use the post reading strategy of "cloze reading" to assess your fourth graders' understanding of Jamestown and Pocahontas. The lesson includes a presentation to show your class, as well as the directions for a final assessment using Cloze.
For this Pocahontas and John Smith worksheet, students investigate what happened at Jamestown and write a memo to the Board of Directors at the Disney Corporation recommending whether or not to apologize to the Powhatan people.
Fourth graders review their prior knowledge from the previous lessons of this unit on Jamestown. After reading a novel, they examine and discuss the life of Pocahontas. Using the internet, they answer comprehension questions and write a descriptive letter about her life.
Eighth graders discuss the Jamestown colony and the Powhatan Indians. In this colonial history lesson, 8th graders talk about conflicts between the Native Americans and the colonists. They read a biography about Pocahontas to help them understand her relationship with John Smith. 
Fourth graders study the economy of Jamestown. In this early settlers instructional activity, 4th graders read about the trade between the English and the natives in Jamestown. This instructional activity is part of a larger unit and coincides with the novel The Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz.
Students, using primary sources, investigate the role of Native Americans in the successes and failures of Jamestown. They identify and analyze inaccurate portrayals of Pocahontas and Powhatan by comparing historical facts with literary fiction.
Fourth graders research the life and accomplishments of Pocahontas. In this historical figures lesson, 4th graders explore primary sources available from the Library of Congress regarding the life of Pocahontas. 
Eleventh graders complete background reading of Europeans and the Native American Indians. They work in groups and represent an area of European colonization and create a "character" to represent their colonists on a class talk show. Each group creates a commercial highlighting new products available in Europe or America.
Students continue their examination of the life of Pocahontas. In research teams, they create brief reports of their findings and share them with their classmates. They take notes which could be used in their presentations. As each group presents, they write evaluations on the groups findings.
What parts of the story of Pocahontas are myths, and what parts are historically accurate? Middle schoolers will begin to recognize that historical events in movies are not always correct.  They compare and contrast the true story of Pocahontas and the myth. Use this lesson as a way to examine modern adaptations of myths.
Students use Pocahontas' resume to develop a career research project.
Third graders consider famous women in history. In this notable women lesson,  students watch a slide show about Pocahontas, Betsy Ross, Helen Keller, Susan B. Anthony, and Rosa Parks. Students will complete a worksheet and discuss how these women have been important figures in American history.

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