Timeline of Key Events for The General History of Virginia
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 9-10
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or PartnerCommon Core Standards
- [ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/1] Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
- [ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/3] Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.
- [ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/9] Analyze seminal U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (e.g., Washington's Farewell Address, the Gettysburg Address, Roosevelt's Four Freedoms speech, King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail"), including how they address related themes and concepts.
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.
Example The General History of Virginia Timeline
|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|