Jamestown vs. Plymouth Colonies

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Age of Exploration - Jamestown vs. Plymouth

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Not all colonies were formed by great explorers, and not every one was formed for the same reasons. In this activity, students will compare and contrast the two early English settlements of Jamestown and Plymouth. This activity requires students to create a grid storyboard (suggested size is 4x2 or 6x2). Students will use their research to identify the following aspects of both colonies:

  1. Location
  2. Reasons for Each Settlement
  3. Difficulties faced
  4. Governments
  5. Interactions and treatment of Native Americans
  6. Religious Differences

Extended Activity

Students can create a timeline ortimeline poster that represents the major events that took place in one, or both, of the colonies. Students will represent events such as the initial landing, establishment of government, numerous hardships encountered, and a major unique event for either Jamestown or Plymouth.


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Student Instructions

Create a grid comparing and contrasting the Jamestown and Plymouth settlements.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the top titles, label each aspect (location, reasons for settlement, difficulties faced, government, interaction with Native Americans, and religious differences).
  3. In the first row, describe each aspect and how it pertains to either Jamestown or Plymouth.
  4. In the bottom row, describe each aspect of the remaining settlement.
  5. Create images to illustrate each cell using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  6. Save and submit your storyboard.
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