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Notes for Teachers
The investigation has been designed to be as flexible as possible. Each case study could be used as a whole class resource or students could be put into groups to work on a single source before returning for group discussion. A worksheet has been provided so pupils can record their answers in a Word document, thus also providing an ICT opportunity.
As with most historical sources, these accounts were written by adults for adults and, consequently, the language may be considered advanced. In addition, pupils may struggle with the typography (for example, s appearing as f and u appearing as v). To help overcome these problems, a full transcript and a simplified transcript have been provided for every source. There is also a link to a glossary on every page. Nevertheless, some pupils may still need extra assistance. Teachers should also be aware that students may need advice on how to refer to the Amerindians. The terms used in the accounts include ‘savages’ and ‘brutes’ which are clearly unacceptable today.
In each case study, there is a section entitled ‘More Information’ which provides basic background and contextual information. A Links button also appears on every page which directs pupils to other useful websites. Since the story of the Roanoke settlement is reasonably complex, a detailed timeline has also been provided.
It also supports
various aspects of the Knowledge, Skills and Understanding section of
the National Curriculum and could be used to cover aspects of the NC requirements
for KS 2 English. There are also clear links with ICT.
Ideas and activities
(b) The sources we have are all from the settler’s side of the story. Pupils could be put into groups and asked to brainstorm what they think the Amerindians thought of the immigrants.
(c) How would
a tabloid or broadsheet newspaper have dealt with the subject if they
had been around in Tudor Times? Students could be asked to write articles
that would have appeared as the expedition started out and when it returned
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