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Roanoke The Lost Colony of Roanoke

The Lost Colony of Roanoke

116 people from England landed on an island off the coast of what is now North Carolina in the early 1600's. They established a foothold, or settlement, long before Jamestown and long before the Pilgrims came to America. The fate of the Roanoke settlement remains a mystery.

How is it possible for all the people, all the buildings and practically everything that existed from this settlement to simply disappear?

In this "history mystery" you will need to explore the story of the Lost Colony. Be a detective, gather the clues that exist and from these and from the "expert opinions" decide for yourself what happened to the Lost Colony at Roanoke. Present your findings in a persuasive manner to convince your audience of what you think really happened to all the people and objects which made up the settlement.

  • Use a display board to display pictures and facts
  • Write a brief chronological history of the events which took place leading to the discovered disappearance (e.g. time line)
  • Identify at least 3 possible scenarios explaining why the colony disappeared.
  • Choose one of the explanations above and give reasons why you eliminated the other 2 choices.
  • Give persuasive, realistic reasons why your choice is the best explanation
  • Explain why you think we have not been able to find the remains of the colony
  • Explain what you would do if you were given a large sum of money to investigate this mystery and get back on the trail toward solving this great American mystery.
  • Show on a map where the Lost Colony was located (print one up)
  • Give the latitude and longitude of the colony's location
  • Give attention to details which make your display board special

Searching the Internet The Internet contains an unimaginable wealth of information. However, unlike traditional sources, no one oversees the quality and validity of the information. So how do we know if the information is true and reliable? Use the evaluation worksheet to help you decide.

Project Checklist may be printed out to help you organize your work.

Here are some sites to get you started:

Library of Congress Site

America's Lost Colony from National Geographic

Roanoke Colony   This is a Wikipedia article. Click to see advice on using Wikipedia.

Historical Background on the Lost Colony PBS site

Roanoke from Social Studies for Kids

In Search of...The Lost Colony of Roanoke  You tube video

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Dr. Schweig
East Greenbush CSD
Green Meadow Elementary School
East Greenbush
New York 12061