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Thanks to the Disney film, most students know the legend of Pocahontas.  But is the story told in the 1995 movie accurate? In this lesson, students use evidence to explore whether Pocahontas actually saved John Smith’s life, and practice the ability to source, corroborate, and contextualize historical documents.







Image: Painting of Pocahontas by Richard Norris Brooke was created 1900-1912. From the Library of Congress.

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As a homeschool mom, I am so excited to happen upon this site. I will be using this for my 8th grader with my 5th grader sitting in. Thanks so much for these lesson plans. They are such a great addition to our history curriculum.

Relevance. Take pop culture (student schema of the animated tale of this event) to entice the student to travel backwards some 400 years to investigate source documents and come to a collective judgment. The particular situation in this lesson, on the surface, allows for what seems a whimsical debate of evidence and yet enforces the skills necessary to foster critical thinkers. Hats off for creating a lesson that produced a Social Studies room filled with laughter and excitement.

This is the second year I have used this with my 8th grade classes. This lesson is a great jumping off point. Students learn to look at primary sources and understand what actually occurred and compare that to contemporary ideas of what happened in early Virginia. It is a bridge to help them understand the reasons the English wanted to establish colonies in America.

This was amazing. I am so thankful for this lesson as a way to start off my year of examining American history. After doing the intro lessons provided by SHEG, this lesson was the perfect place for my students to start examining American history roots. They took what they had practiced and put it into action. I highly recommend this lesson for the high school level.
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