Lesson Plan

Early English Settlements History Detectives

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Young historians play the role of history detectives as they investigate some primary source texts and images related to the early colonization of America, The Jamestown Settlement, and the Mayflower Compact. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Expand the lesson: have your historians keep their detective hats on to find other primary sources that shed more light on the time period
Classroom Considerations
  • One of the primary sources is written in old fashioned English, which could be a hurdle without some guidance
  • The reference sheet for reading primary sources isn't included, but you can find similar ones online
  • Involves thoughtfully comparing different kinds of primary sources
  • Includes helpful historical background for the teacher and students
  • Would benefit from more primary sources
  • Suggests an exit ticket as a final formative assessment, but more specific guidance here could be helpful
Common Core