How Do You Lose a Colony? Exploring What Became of John White’s “Lost Colony”

This How Do You Lose a Colony? Exploring What Became of John White’s “Lost Colony” activity & project also includes:

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of John White's colonists on Roanoke Island is not only a fascinating feature of European colonization history, but is also a great way for your young historians to engage themselves in the story of history. Here you'll find activity guidelines for learners to work together to produce a class play showing what they believe happened to the "Lost Colony."

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide supplemental readings and materials that offer foundational knowledge of the history of Roanoke Island
  • Send a letter home to parents so they can support their youngsters in this creative and collaborative process
  • Design follow-up questions for learners to connect their play back to the concept of European colonization
Pros

  • Cross-curricular activity involving creative writing, history, and theater/dramatic performance
  • Includes handout on how to properly format typed scenes for play
Cons

  • None