Assignment Directions:

Something is wrong in the colony of Jamestown.  It seems that nearly 80% of the colony's population is mysteriously dying.  You have been asked by the king to examine what is happening in Jamestown and report your findings back to him.  Use the information on this site to discover what is happening in Jamestown and complete the electronic worksheet.  Follow the steps below to solve the Jamestown mystery.  The settlers are counting on you!

1.  Download a copy of the electronic worksheet here (Download an Answer Sheet)

2.  Read the brief history of the Jamestown colony at this site under "Jamestown History" link.

3.  Proceed to the link titled "Jamestown Mystery" to learn more about what is  wrong with Jamestown.

4.  Read over carefully and examine all of the clues.  The 15 clues can be found in the link titled "The Clues."

5. Now that you have read over all of the clues, write a hypothesis under "Step #1" on the "Jamestown Answer Sheet" explaining what you think is wrong with the Jamestown colony.

Example: "After examining all of the evidence I feel that Jamestown is in trouble because . . ." 

6. Now that you have written your hypothesis, share your hypothesis with some of your classmates.  Complete "Step #2" on the "Jamestown Answer Sheet" by writing down similarities and differences between your hypotheses.  You may have no more than three people per group.

7.  As a group now, read over and examine all of the clues once again.  You may want to discuss what each clue means with your group.  List your notable observations about the evidence under "Step #3" on the "Jamestown Answer Sheet" The 15 clues can be found in the link titled "The Clues."

8. Now that you have read over all of the clues, your group needs to compose a final hypothesis under "Step #4" on the "Jamestown Answer Sheet" explaining what your group thinks is wrong with the Jamestown colony.  Be sure your answer is complete.  Remember the king can be unforgiving.

Example: "After examining all of the evidence we feel that Jamestown is in trouble because . . ." 

9.  Based on your group's hypothesis, write a letter to the king explaining why Jamestown is in so much trouble.  The letter should answer the questions presented on the "Jamestown Mystery Page" and prove that your group's hypothesis is correct.  Each member of the group needs to compose their own letter.

(Proceed to the Jamestown History Page!)