Social Studies

Mystery From History: Were the Settlers of Roanoke Ever Lost?

We will explore what happened In 1590, when one hundred and twenty English settlers were reported to have vanished while trying to establish the Roanoke colony by analyzing current articles about the events.
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55 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 5 weeks


year olds


learners per class

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Class Experience

Students will use critical thinking and research to explore a historical mystery from many perspectives.
Students will gain a deeper understanding of the complexities and hardships of early colonization to Native people and settlers.
Students will write a short essay to demonstrate understanding and substantiate a theory or theories regarding the fate of the settlers.
I taught English and Language Arts for many years at the high school level. My experience includes teaching history as well as social studies, as these topics often go hand in hand with literature, writing, and humanities. I have a degree in English Teaching, and I enjoy exploring and teaching some of the less understood or discussed events in history. As an English teacher, I have taught students to read and critically analyze differentiating opinions about non-fictional topics and arrive at a substantiated belief. In addition, I have taught in a team taught, multidisciplinary Language Arts/History class at the secondary school level. 
Students will be asked to explore a historical mystery of their own, in order to present it in a brief summary at the end of the class.
I will supply the articles necessary. The students have the option of using additional sources for their final essay.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The students will present an essay on the final meeting, summarizing their understanding and substantiating a likely theory regarding the fate of the settlers.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Will cover the relations between settlers and Native people, and those were sometimes violent. War will also be mentioned. The details will not be overly graphic, but it is necessary to understand these occurrences. Some early theories about the events have been rooted in racist and xenophobic beliefs. These topics are highly sensitive, and will be discussed with respect to the evolving theories and assumptions regarding the events that have been made throughout history.

The Secret Token
Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke
Andrew Lawler


NaomiNaomi's English for Everyone
33 total reviews
88 completed classes

About Me

Hi! I have been teaching English, Language Arts, Grammar, Writing, History, and ESOL for twenty years. I love connecting with my students and tailoring my teaching to their specific needs and wants. My students are challenged! I promise to assess... 
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