WebQuest

Roanoke, the Lost Colony

Process

Day 1:

In your group of three you are going to seek out information that tells of the hardships that John White and his colonists endured while they were settling into Roanoke.

You have background knowledge on the native people that were currently inhabiting the Americas. We also learned in chapter 3 about how the different cultural regions were influenced by their location.

Questions to guide your learning:

  • What tribes were in the area of Roanoke?

  • What was their relationship like with the English?

  • Was food easily accessible?

  • Did they have the means to build shelter?


Using the links below or the books listed, take notes independently to learn about what the first year of life was like for the colonists at Roanoke.


Together write a paragraph describing four different struggles that the colonists faced.


(You do not need to answer all of the questions found in "questions to guide your learning" use these as thinking points or if you get stuck you may want to explore one of these questions.)


Books:

Social Studies Alive! America's Past, Chapter 6.2: The Lost Settlement of Roanoke, page 74

ROANOKE, The Lost Colony: An Unsolved Mystery from History, By Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple


Web:

Lost Colony (NCpedia)
"Croatoan" (NCpedia)
Roanoke Island Mystery (Totally History)




Day 2:


Each person in your group needs to choose one of the following theories to explore.

Use the resources listed to research your theory. If you get stuck, look at the "questions to guide your learning."

Take thorough notes that will help you best explain your theory to your group tomorrow. If you finish early, then research a new theory.

Good luck solving the mystery!




The No Survivors Theory

In this theory it is believed that the colonists were killed off by the native people or by other explorers who wanted to claim the same area.


Questions to guide learning:

Did either of these people have a reason to kill the colonists?

  • Was there evidence of murder?

  • Did they ever find a cross carved into a tree?

Book Resources:
ROANOKE, The Lost Colony: An Unsolved Mystery from History, By Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple

Web Resources:



Absorbed by Native People Theory

In this theory it is believed that the colonists went to live with the native people and became part of their community by either marrying them or becoming their slaves.

Questions to guide learning:

  • Why would the colonists want to leave their homes?

  • Was there any evidence of a fight?

  • Did the natives in that area keep slaves, and were European slaves ever spotted?

Book Resources:
ROANOKE, The Lost Colony: An Unsolved Mystery from History, By Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple

Web Resources:



Lost at Sea Theory

In this theory it is believed that the colonists tried to sail back to England on their own and got lost at sea.


Questions to guide learning:

  • What boats did the colonists have with them? Did they have enough space to transport 100 people?

  • Was their boat strong enough to survive major storms?

  • Did the colonists leave any clues behind to where they were going?

Book Resources:
ROANOKE, The Lost Colony: An Unsolved Mystery from History, By Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple

Web Resources:


Split Community Theory

In this theory it is believed that most of the colonists took a boat and sailed north to Chesapeake since that was their original plan, while leaving behind the remaining others on Roanoke. It was then that the colonists who stayed at the for on Roanoke Island then left to go to Croatoan Island.


Questions to guide learning:

  • What clues were left behind?

  • Were any of the colonists ever find at either Croatoan Island or Chesapeake?

  • What would have made them split up?

Book Resources:
ROANOKE, The Lost Colony: An Unsolved Mystery from History, By Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple

Web Resources:



The White Doe Theory

In this theory there is a legend that Virginia Dare, the first English person to be born in the America's, was raised by the Coratoan people. It is said in this legend that Virginia refused to marry an old medicine man who loved her, and he turned her into a white deer. Even today people claim to see a mysterous white deer in the North Carolina forests.


Questions to guide learning:

  • Is there credible evidence of shape-shifting spells?

  • Why would the local people tell stories about Virginia Dare after all these years?

Book Resources:
ROANOKE, The Lost Colony: An Unsolved Mystery from History, By Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple

Web Resources:


Remember: If you finish early, you can choose a second theory to explore.



Day 3:

Today each group member needs to share their research from their theory. Discuss which theory you believe was most likely to occur. Your final product will be:

  • presenting your background information paragraph from day 1
  • explaining the mystery of the lost colonists of Roanoke
  • stating your theory that you believe
  • supporting your theory with evidence



Step 1:Everyone shares their research one at a time


Step 2:Discuss which theory you believe is more likely. Support your reasoning with evidence


Step 3:As a group decide which theory you want to present as the most likely theory


Step 4: Do any further research necessary


Step 5:Write your presentation:

  • Provide background information that tells us about the colonists first year on Roanoke Island

  • Explain the mystery of the lost colony

  • State your theory and explain it.

  • Support your theory with evidence

Step 6:Edit, revise, and practice your presentation until it is time to share our theories with the group

Good luck! I can't wait to hear which one you chose.


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