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Instructional Lesson Plan

Instructors Name: Mr. Brown, S.

Date: 2 Nov 16
Subject: Social Studies
Grade Level: 8th
Social Studies 8th Grade 1A, 1B, & 1C
Objective: identify a major era and
events in early U.S. history
3. Assessment Evidence:

2. Big Understanding
The student understands traditional historical
points of reference in U.S. history through

1. Checking for Understanding-Social Studies

a. Check your reading-Geography skill: Was the James River peninsula a poor place to start a settlement? Why or
why not?
(1) How did the Virginia Company raise the money it needed to start a colony in North America?
(2) How did John Smith help Jamestown survive?
(3) What are three facts given about John Smith in this lesson?
b. Time-line development
c. Ship (mapping)-Why did the explorers go to America?

4. Opening Hook:
Before students enter the classroom I will have objects on their desk relating to the beginning of
the Colonial Period in U.S. History. Students will brainstorm what the events that led up to
colonization and what where some of the challenges colonist faced in the New World.
5. Instructional Strategies/Activities:
- Students will watch 15 minute Youtube clip of History and Early European Exploration to Jamestown.
- Students will write a paragraph on the Jamestown settlement.
a. Who was your favorite character and why?
- In their journal paragraph will detail:
a. Why the English were successful.
b. What could have been done differently?
c. Thoughts on Pocahontas, John Smith, or Powhattan?
- In their writing to learn column students will:
a. Decide on a topic concerning the exploration of the Americas
(1) On day three provide this info to the teacher
b. Pick either an explorer or an issue important to the Indians or settlers
- Students will present small oral and visual presentation on their favorite character

6. Materials/Resources/Technology: Demonstrates knowledge of uses of

multimedia, hypermedia, and telecommunications to support instruction.
Social Studies textbook, library, internet access, computer, kindle, chrome books, Schoology,
Youtube, Flocabulary
7. Grouping Patterns:
Organize into small groups and collect information on early colonization in the U.S.
8. Ending Summary/Reflection:
Students will walk through the beginning of U.S. History as they review others oral and visual
presentations. Students will complete their KWL. Students will look for answers to what they

Instructional Lesson Plan

wanted to learn within the oral and visual presentations.