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Historical Inaccuracies in Movies - The Pocahontas Myth
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 activity as a way to examine modern adaptations of myths.
Did Pocahontas Save John Smith's Life?
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.
The Great Pocahontas Job Search
Young scholars use Pocahontas' resume to develop a career research project.
The Wedding of Pocahontas and John Rolfe
Explore European settlers by researching the history of Virginia. In this Native American history lesson plan, students 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.
American Biography: Pocahontas, Life in a Box, Colonial Timeline, Pathfinder
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.
Zoom-In: Famous Women in US History- Pocahontas, Betsy Ross, Helen Keller, Susan B. Anthony and Rosa Parks
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.
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.
Learners 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. Learners role play an action that Pocahontas took that benefited the common good.
Pupils 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.
Will the Real Pocahontas Please Stand Up?
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.
Pocahontas Story: English Settlers and Powhatan, Jamestown, Virginia
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.
Long Ago and Today: Pocahontas
Students discover early U.S. settlers by researching Pocahontas. For this U.S. History lesson, students view slides of the famous Native American Pocahontas. Students discuss each slide with their classmates and analyze the settings.
The Settlement of Jamestown and the Pocahontas Story
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.
Pocahontas: Ambassador to the New World
Students watch the video "Pocahontas: Ambassador to the New World," complete a vocabulary list and discuss the video using the provided questions.
Pocahontas and John Smith
In this Pocahontas and John Smith instructional activity, learners 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.
Jamestown Journey Part 4
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.
Jamestown Colonies and the Powhatan Indians
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.
Jamestown Journey Part 3
Fourth graders study the economy of Jamestown. In this early settlers lesson, 4th graders read about the trade between the English and the natives in Jamestown. This lesson is part of a larger unit and coincides with the novel The Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz.
Life in a Box: Pocahontas, Betsy Ross, Helen Keller, Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks
Pupils investigate the lives of important women who fought for their rights. In this equality lesson, students examine the different gender roles throughout history and define the actions many women were made famous by. Pupils view a slide-show of the famous women and their achievements.
Every Day Edit - Pocahontas
For this everyday editing worksheet, students correct grammatical mistakes in a short paragraph about Pocahontas. The errors range from capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and spelling.