Spanish Coin, 1725
“I may say that this is the greatest factor: the way in which the expedition is equipped, the way in which every difficulty is foreseen and precautions taken for meeting or avoiding it. Victory awaits him who has everything in order, luck people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time, this is called bad luck.”
Roald Amundsen, The South Pole: an account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the "Fram", 1910–12 (New York: Lee Keedick, 1913), pg. 330.
The Spanish were already in North America by the 16th century. Why didn't they colonize Virginia, instead leaving it open for the English to settle Jamestowne in 1607? Students seek to answer this question using maps and articles, comparing and contrasting different theories, including their own. They then analyze a quote about exploration and relate it to what they've learned. Learn more.
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Electronic Field Trip on DVD
Take a look at how history is written and reevaluated as new methods of study are introduced. Using the example of Jamestown in 1607, revisit the documents, artifacts, and other evidence through archeaology. Learn how every generation sees the evidence in new ways, and how this affects our understanding of the past. Grades 48, 60 minutes. DVD. $29.95.
DISCOVERING THE PAST THROUGH ARCHAEOLOGY
Hands-On Resource Kit
Each classroom simulation kit includes everything you need to introduce students to archaeology and set up a dig in your classroom. Contains reproduction artifacts, primary source documents and images, a modern story that explores archaeological methods, and extension activities. $99.00.
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Approaching Controversial Issues: A Guide for Teachers
Foster civil and insightful discussion in the classroom with this digital download!
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- A rationale for discussing controversial topics in the classroom
- Guiding principles for teachers and students, including a helpful list of “do’s and don’ts” and tips for classroom discussions
- Exploration of perspective and what makes an issue controversial
- Questions to consider when dealing with offensive language or symbols
- A student reading that highlights core values and the importance of civic and civil debate in American history and politics
The Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip Series is supported in part
by the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund.
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