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VS.3 Overview
Colonization and Conflict: 1607 through the American Revolution

The student will demonstrate knowledge of the first permanent English settlement in America by

  1. explaining the reasons for English colonization;

  2. describing how geography influenced the decision to settle at Jamestown;

  3. identifying the importance of the charters of the Virginia Company of London in establishing the Jamestown settlement;

  4. identifying the importance of the General Assembly (1619) as the first representative legislative body in English America;

  5. identifying the importance of the arrival of Africans and women to the Jamestown settlement;

  6. describing the hardships faced by settlers at Jamestown and the changes that took place to ensure survival;

  7. describing the interactions between the English settlers and the native peoples including the contributions of Powhatan to the survival of the settlers.


Bulla, Clyde.
A Lion to Guard Us. Harper Trophy, Reissue edition (1989).
Left on their own in London, three young children draw upon all of their resources to stay together and make their way to Jamestown in the Virginia Colony in search of their father. This historical fiction is an adventure of overcoming struggle and working together to survive.

Coleman, Brooke.
The Colony of Virginia (The Thirteen Colonies and the Lost Colony Series).  Powerkids Press, 2000.
This book is an introduction to important people, events, and economic conditions in the early years of the Virginia Colony.

Hermes, Patricia.
Our Strange New Land: Elizabeth's Diary, Jamestown, Virginia, 1609.  New York: Scholastic Trade, 2000.
Historical events in a fictional setting are recounted in the journal that young Elizabeth keeps as she begins her new life in the Jamestown Settlement.

January, Brendan.
The Jamestown Colony (We the People).  Compass Point Books, 2000.
This book about early Jamestown provides teachers and students with more details about the history of the colony. A variety of maps are included within the text.

McDaniel, Melissa.
Pocahontas's People:The Powhatan Indians of Virginia Through Four Centuries.  University of Oklahoma Press, 1996.
This is a chronology of the Powhatan Indians that provides background information for both teachers and students.

Mello, Tara Baukus.
John Smith: English Explorer and Colonist (Colonial Leaders).  Chelsea House Publishers, 2000.
This is a biography of John Smith and the role he played in the early Virginia colony. The book provides much additional information about Jamestown.

O'Dell, Scott.
The Serpent Never Sleeps: a Novel of Jamestown and Pocahontas.   New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1987.
In the early seventeenth century, Serena Lynn, determined to be with the man she has loved since childhood, travels to the New World and comes to know the hardships of colonial life and the extraordinary Princess Pocahontas.  

Sakurai, Gail.
The Jamestown Colony.  Children's Press, 1997.
This detailed book provides a wealth of information and illustrations about everyday life in early Jamestown and the hardships the colonists endured.

Sewell, Marcia.
James Town: Struggle for Survival.  Antheneum Publishers, 2001.
Life in early Jamestown was difficult for the gentlemen of England as portrayed in this watercolor-and-ink illustrated book that is told from the point of view of a Jamestown settler.

Stanley, Melanie.
John Smith (Just in Time Biography Series).  Foxhound Publishers, 2000.
This book is an easy biography about Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Jamestown Colony. Time lines and other resources are included in the book.


The Virginia Historical Society created this Web site based on its long-term exhibition, The Story of Virginia: An American Experience. The site features ten easy-to-read, detailed chapters on Virginia history from prehistoric times to the present. Additional enhancements, such as 100 downloadable images of artifacts, photographs, paintings, and documents from the collections, Standards of Learning references, chapter outlines, and suggested classroom activities, make this a comprehensive Web site on Virginia history. The site is completely searchable and includes numerous links to other resources on the Web. The Story of Virginia-Online provides teachers, students, scholars, and history enthusiasts with a complete resource for projects, research, and classroom instruction.

This Web site by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities and the Home of Jamestown Rediscovery contains a wealth of information about Jamestown as well as an outstanding timeline.

The Library of Virginia Web site contains brief summarizes of the political history of Virginia from colonial times through the present day. This site also includes some interesting documents, elections tickets, broadsides, political drawings, etc. See http://www.lva.virginia.gov/exhibits/political/colonial.htm for a summary of Colonial Virginia.

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