Activity Overview

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.

Template and Class Instructions

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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.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group


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Compare and Contrast
Create a storyboard that compares the similarities and differences between two things.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Comparison Analysis
Text and images include a clear explanation of similarities and/or differences between the categories or topics. These comparisons go beyond superficial elements and show strong understanding.
Text and images include an explanation of similarities and/or differences between the categories or topics, but the explanation may lack clarity or show only superficial understanding in some squares.
Text and images may include no explanation of similarities and/or differences, or they may make only superficial or inaccurate comparisons.
Storyboard Image and Effort
Student clearly shows effort to convey the setting, characters and specific scene of the book. The scene is clearly identifiable based on the graphic depiction.
Student attempts to convey the setting, characters, and specific scene through use of graphics, but the depiction may be confusing, disordered, or lack some detail.
Student does not clearly convey the setting, characters, and scene.
Spelling and Grammar
Student uses exemplary spelling and grammar. There are no errors.
Student makes one or two minor errors in spelling and grammar.
Student makes multiple errors in spelling and grammar.

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