Unit 3: Jamestown

Essential Question: How did the English and Powhatan relate to and interact with each other in Jamestown? Was conflict between them inevitable?

Content: Background information on the English and the Powhatan on the eve of the creation of Jamestown and an analysis of their interactions from the first settlement in 1607 to the great massacre in 1622.

Unit Assessment: Essay answering the essential question. There are also some smaller quizzes and assessments in this unit as well.

Duration: 14 class periods

Additional Materials for the Jamestown Unit

Day 16 (12/17, 12/18) (32)

Worked with computer carts to work on our essays.

Day 15 (12/15, 12/16) (31)

7-2, 7-1

Students gave each other feedback on body paragraphs.
Received final assignment sheets.
Read sample paragraph


Day 14 (12/11, 12/14) (30)

7-2, 7-1 I was absent. Students wrote two body paragraphs.


Looked at sample paragraph.
Reviewed and gave feedback on each other’s planning pages.
Students received final assignment sheets.

Day 13 (12/9, 12/10) (29)

This was the day I was absent.

Read chapter 10-12. Write 2 D/I post its on each chapter

Day 12 (12/7, 12/8) (28)

GQ: Was conflict between the two groups inevitable?

  1. Discussed responses from previous night’s homework.
  2. Brainstormed how to argue/reason whether an event was inevitable or not.


Complete a paragraph planning page for an argument saying that conflict was inevitable and one that conflict was not.

Planning Page

Day 11 (11/3, 11/4) (27)

GQ: How can we use historical sources to learn about the past?

Did Pocahontas save John Smith?

  1. Viewed a clip from disney’s Pocahontas
  2. Read Did Pocahontas Save John Smith to evaluate whether the story about John Smith and Pocahontas is true.


Use the documents to write a body paragraph to answer the question: Did Pocahontas save John Smith?

Day 10 (11/1, 11/2) (26)

GQ: Was conflict between the two groups inevitable?

  1. Discussed issues surrounding different ideas of land use between the two groups.
  2. Sorted information from charts into categories and topics.


Write a paragraph discussing your opinion on whether conflict was inevitable.

Day 9 (11/25, 11/30) (25)

GQ: What factors allowed the Jamestown colony to become successful?

  1. Worked on identifying key ideas from chapters 7, 8, and 9 to add to our EQ charts.
  2. Received our old charts and Powhatan’s dilemma paragraph back.


Finish adding ideas from chapters 7-9 to your charts.

Day 8 (11/23, 11/24) (24)

GQ: What factors allowed the Jamestown colony to become successful?

  1. Discuss the value of historical maps in learning about history.
  2. Worked with partners to discuss what “class participation” means and to come up with criteria to evaluate ourselves.
  3. Identified key group work norms.
  4. Read chapter 7 in class and wrote 2 D/I post its.


  1. Read chapters 8 and 9. Write 2 D/ I post its in each chapter

Day 7 (23)

GQ: What can we learn from historical maps?

  1. Discussed our answers to the previous night’s homework about what the best course of action was for the Powhatan to take.
  2. Worked on analyzing and discussing the John Smith Jamestown map.


Finish answering the questions from the sheet.

Day 6 (11/17, 11/18) (22)

GQ: What were the consequences of choosing cooperation or conflict?

  1. Worked in groups to discuss possible outcomes for the Powhatan if they chose to cooperate with the English or chose conflict.
  2. Worked as a class to put ideas up on the board and into charts
    Powhatan’s Dilemma
  3. Received our Columbus Essays and grades for the semester so far.


Complete the paragraph at the bottom of the Powhatan’s Dilemma handout.

Day 5 (11/13, 11/16) (21)

GQ: How did their relationships change once Jamestown was established?

  1. Worked in groups to edit ideas from handout.
    Editing Mistakes
  2. Read a sample paragraph based on chapter 2
  3. Worked on adding ideas from chapter 5 and 6 to EQ charts
    General Chart


Finish adding ideas to charts.

Day 4 (11/10, 11/12) (20)

GQ: How likely was a peaceful relationship between the English and Powhatan?

  1. Discussed important ideas from chapter 4 from previous night’s homework
  2. Worked on writing a body paragraph based on chapter 2 answering the GQ.


Read chapters 5 and 6. Write 2 determining importance post its on each chapter.

Day 3 (11/6, 11/9) (19)

GQ: How likely was a peaceful relationship between the English and Powhatan?

  1. Identified various factors that could have affected the interactions and relationships between the Powhatan and English in Virginia
  2. Identified specific ideas from chapter 2 that would have had an impact upon the interactions between the two groups.
  3. Added ideas to EQ charts


Finish adding ideas to charts from chapter 2 but also added ideas to chapter 4.



Day 2 (11/4, 11/5) (18)

GQ: What generalizations, conclusions, and big ideas can we identify about the lives of Indians in North America?

  1. Collected final copies of the Columbus essay
  2. Received Instructions on submitting your essay to turnitin
  3. Worked on a 20 minute reflection on the process and final product of the essay
  4. Viewed a powerpoint on North American Indians
  5. Worked in groups to identify big ideas and generalizations based on the powerpoint


  1. Create your BSGE email account
  2. Submit your essay to turnitin.com
  3. Read chapters 2 and 4 in our new textbooks. Write 2 D/I post its on each chapter.

Day 1 (10/30, 11/2) (17)

  1. Discussed final notes and ideas for our Columbus Essay
    Final thoughts on the essay
  2. Changed seats
  3. Received new textbooks
  4. Discussed new essential question and new unit
  5. Read chapter 3 in new textbooks and focused on important ideas about the lives of Indians in Virginia in this time period.


Finish your essay



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