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Investigation Roanoke: A Quest for Truth

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Vanessa R. Brooks


Nathaniel H. Stephens Elementary School

Alexander City Board of Education


Roanoke is the first Colony established in Virginia. Unfortunately, some mysterious event occurred leaving experts baffled at what may have made an entire colony disappear. Based on historical research, students will explain their theories on what may have happened.

Length: 04:55

Aligned to the following ALEX lesson plan:

Life in Colonial America

Content Areas: Social Studies

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SS2010 (10) United States History I: Beginnings to the Industrial Revolution
1. Compare effects of economic, geographic, social, and political conditions before and after European explorations of the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries on Europeans, American colonists, Africans, and indigenous Americans. [A.1.a., A.1.b., A. 1.d., A.1.g., A.1.i.]
  • Describing the influence of the Crusades, Renaissance, and Reformation on European exploration
  • Comparing European motives for establishing colonies, including mercantilism, religious persecution, poverty, oppression, and new opportunities
  • Analyzing the course of the Columbian Exchange for its impact on the global economy
  • Explaining triangular trade and the development of slavery in the colonies

    National/Other Standards:

    II.Time,Continuity,and Change. Human beings seek to understand their historical roots and to locate
    themselves in time.Knowing how to read and reconstruct the past allows one to develop a historical
    perspective and to answer questions such as:Who am I? What happened in the past? How am I
    connected to those in the past? How has the world changed and how might it change in the future?
    Why does our personal sense of relatedness to the past change? This theme typically appears in courses
    in history and others that draw upon historical knowledge and habits.
    III.People,Places,and Environments.The study of people,places,and human-environment interactions
    assists students as they create their spatial views and geographic perspectives of the world beyond their
    personal locations.Students need the knowledge,skills,and understanding to answer questions such as:
    Where are things located? Why are they located where they are? What do we mean by "region"? How
    do landforms change? What implications do these changes have for people? In schools,this theme
    typically appears in units and courses dealing with area studies and geography.


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