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In this webquest we will explore what life was like in Colonial Jamestown,
You and your group members will create a newspaper from Jamestown. Each
of you will research and write one article on a specific topic. Each group
member will contribute an article and illustration to the newspaper.
Top News Story- Your job is to write a top news story
article to be the featured story of your newspaper. This article should
be about some event, thing, or person that had a great effect upon most
of the people living in the Jamestown settlement. This story should grab
the reader’s attention, making him or her want to read your newspaper.
However, it must be based upon facts you uncover in your research. A picture
that supports your article in some way, and is drawn by you, must be included
with your article.
Food Column- Food in Jamestown was a major concern to
the settlers. Your job is to write a story about a food found only in
the New World. Your article will explain what it is, how it is used, where
it is found or how it is grown, and/or how the Native Americans use it.
A picture that supports your article in some way, and is drawn by you,
must be included with your article.
Feature- Your job is to write an article about one of
four important individuals to the Jamestown settlement. You choose from
four: Pocahontas, John Smith, John Rolf, or Powahatan. Your article may
include who this person is, what they do for a living, why they came to
the New World (if they were not born here), what, if any, plans they have
for their future, and any other information you determine is important
to who they are. A picture that supports your article in some way, and
is drawn by you, must be included with your article.
Editorial- Your job is to write an article based upon your opinion
of some aspect of Jamestown. Editorials are articles on the writers opinion,
not just factual news. They typically write about issues that affect many
people. Often readers will not agree on what the author writes, but others
will. You must, however, support your opinion with facts. Often editorials
are about what you think should be done to criminals, what you think about
certain laws that may be in effect or may be under consideration, or what
you believe is the best use of limited resources.
- Decide who will write each article
- Read the guidelines for your article
- Visit different web site links listed in Resources
- Write down important information, making sure to spell names correctly
- Check out http://earlyamerica.com/earlyamerica/past/index.html to
see what old newspapers looked like. Be sure to click on each image,
to enlarge each picture. Think about how you want your newspaper to
- Once you have gathered all your information, begin writing your article
- When you finish your article think about a unique title, or headline.
The headline should grab the reader’s attention, and make them
want to read your article. It should be in larger font or print than
the rest of your article
- Remember to S.C.O.P.E. your article. Do you have a hook? Who? What?
When? Where? Why? How?
- When you have a final copy meet with your group to decide on the design
of your newspaper.
- Once you have your design approved by the teacher you may begin.
- Do a nice job these will be on display for all to read.
- In addition to your four articles and four pictures you must include
two other sections.
- These sections will be up to you. A few suggestions could be: comics,
advertisements, sports, etc.
Top News Story Information Sites
List of Original Settlers and their Occupations – http://www.apva.org/history/list.html
Colony timeline– http://www.look.net/gunstonelem/gunstonElemF/Jamestown.html
Brief History – http://www.tobacco.org/History/jamestown.html
Jamestown Food Resources
What did the colonists eat? -
Food in the 13 colonies - http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/13coloniesfood.htm
Colonial food at Williamsburg -
John Smith- http://www.apva.org/history/jsmith.html
More John Smith- http://www.virtualjamestown.org/jsmith.html
John Rolf – http://www.apva.org/history/jrolfe.html
More John Rolf – http://www.virtualjamestown.org/jrolfe.html
Pocahontas 1 – http://www.apva.org/history/pocahont.html
Pocahontas 2 – http://www.geocities.com/Broadway/1001/poca.html
Pocahontas 3 – http://www.powhatan.org/pocc.html
Pocahontas 4 – http://www.inna.net/pocahontas/chron.htm
Pocahontas 5 – http://www.co.henrico.va.us/manager/pokeypix.htm
Powhatan 1 - http://www.virtualjamestown.org/Powhat1.html
Powhatan 2 - http://www.co.gloucester.va.us/powha1.htm
Powhatan 3 -
Editorial Idea Links
A Virtual Tour of Jamestown – http://www.virtualjamestown.org/
History of Jamestown – http://www.apva.org/history/index.html
Roanoke – http://www.teachersfirst.com/summer/col-roanoke.htm
Jamestown – http://teachersfirst.com/summer/col-jamestown.htm
Additional Resources for all Groups
Selection from John Smith's Generall Historie of Virginia
Jamestown - http://www.Williamsburg.com/James/James.html
Jamestown, Virginia overview - http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/socialstudies/projects/jvc/overview.html
- Every student will receive a writing grade from the writing scoring
guides we always use in class. This is an individual grade for your
- Each group will receive a group grade. This grade will be broken
down into layout, authenticity, neatness, and creativity.
- The individual grade will be worth 20 points.
- The group grade will be worth 30 points.
- You will have a total of 50 points
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