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Did you know that Pocahontas was 12 when Jamestown was established? Did you know that she later married John Rolfe? Did you know that she lived in London for two years? Did you know that she died of small pox? Class members study the Powhatan Indians of Virginia to uncover the realities and contrast them to myths presented in popular fiction and in films like Disney’s Pocahontas.
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, 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.
Middle schoolers identify how Pocahontas contributed to the common good. For this philanthropy lesson, students read a selection about Pocahontas and identify ways that she was philanthropic. Middle schoolers role play an action that Pocahontas took that benefited the common good.
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.