Have students keep track of a timeline of up to ten events from John Smith’s The General History of Virginia. Using the narrative, along with their history textbooks or online resources, have them plug in the dates of the major events, including their arrival, the account of the first winter, his capture by the Native Americans, his return to England, etc.
|December 1606||Three ships leave England and set sail with 105 men and boys to establish a colony in Virginia|
|May 1607||After spotting land and scouting the area, the settlers step on land, naming it James Cittie, or Jamestown|
|October - December 1607||The colony loses over half of its settlers to starvation, disease, and Native American attacks|
|December 1607||Captain John Smith is captured by the Powhatan tribe and brought before Chief Powhatan; he claims that Pocahontas saves his life|
|September 1608||John Smith is elected President of the Virginia Council and issues the edict: “He that will not work shall not eat”|
|October 1609||Smith is replaced by George Percy, and was injured in a gunpowder explosion. He returns to England, never to return to the colony or New World again|
|December 1609||Chief Powhatan and his tribe lay siege to James Fort, and all but 60 settlers inside die from starvation|
|June 1612||Jamestown produces its first tobacco crop, which they export to England|
|August 1619||African indentured servants arrive on a Dutch ship; first meeting held of the Virginia General Assembly (House of Burgesses)|
|March 1622||A surprise attack by the Powhatans kills 342 colonists, although Jamestown is spared|
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Grade Level 9-10
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: TimelinesCommon Core Standards
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| Emerging |
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Events and Dates
The events chosen for the timeline are significant and important to the overall understanding of the time period. The dates provided are correct.
Most of the events chosen for the timeline are significant and important to the overall understanding of the time period. Most of the dates provided are correct.
Some of the events chosen for the timeline are significant. There may be missing events, or events that are irrelevant. Too many dates may be incorrect.
The explanations or descriptions provided for each event are accurate and provide insight into the significance of the events.
The explanations or descriptions provided for each event are mostly accurate and attempt to provide insight into the significance of the events.
There are several glaring inaccuracies in the explanations or descriptions of the events. There may be little or no insight int the significance of the events, or the information provided may be too limited or missing.
There are 0-2 mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
There are 3-4 mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
There are 5 or more mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.