The first day of the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute actually begins outside of Williamsburg, and it's one of the things I have anticipated the most. After a bus ride, we will find ourselves in the original colonial settlement in America. I am very interested in touring Historic Jamestowne, described below as including Jamestowne Fort. The archaeology at that location is going to be fascinating.
Then it's off the Jamestown Settlement where there is an overwhelming amount of historical stimulation.
I'll get to meet John Smith, Pocahontas, and others along the way.
Natives, Africans, Europeans - we'll see how each lived differently, yet traditionally, in reproduced villages and through demonstrations, speeches, and other encounters.
Day 1: Introduction to Seventeenth Century Virginia: Jamestown Supporting Questions:
• Why are colonies established? What is/was their purpose?
• As the Jamestown colony expanded, how did the diversity of the populace both contribute to success and lead to
• Why was Jamestown successful when other North American colonization attempts failed?
7:00 a.m. Breakfast, drop-in Williamsburg Woodlands
8:15 a.m. Travel by Bus to Historic Jamestowne
8:25 a.m. Overview of Seventeenth Century Virginia Colonial Parkway
9:00 a.m. Check-in and Break
9:15 a.m. Guided Tour of Historic Jamestowne Historic Jamestowne
Historic Jamestowne is the site of the Jamestowne Fort. Extensive archaeological excavations at this National Park have unearthed millions of artifacts and changed our understanding of the early years of the Virginia colony.
• Evaluate the impact of European exploration and settlement in the western hemisphere by focusing on the site of the
first permanent settlement of Europeans and Africans in North America.
• Identify the techniques archaeologists use to uncover the past and provide information that enables the reconstruction
of historical sites.
• Evaluate the cultural remains found at Jamestowne Fort.
10:30 a.m. Self-Guided Exploration, Visit Archaearium
12:45 p.m. Lunch Jamestown Settlement Café
1:30 p.m. Guided Tour of Jamestown Settlement Jamestown Settlement
Jamestown Settlement is a reconstruction of Paspahegh Town, James Fort, and the three ships that brought the colonists to Jamestown.
• Compare and contrast the daily life of American Indian, English, and African cultures that came into contact at
Jamestown, including gender roles, housing, technology, religion, forms of government/leadership, language, clothing,
trade, and foodways.
• Identify reasons the English wanted to establish a colony in North America.
• Examine the early struggles and economic ventures of the English at Jamestown, including motivations for coming as
• Explore the economic system of trade between the colonists and American Indians.
• Consider the ongoing significance of the events that occurred in Virginia in 1619: the first shipload of women, the first
documented arrival of enslaved Africans, and the meeting of the first representative assembly.
3:00 p.m. Self-Guided Exploration Time Jamestown Settlement
4:00 p.m. Teacher Collaboration Jamestown Settlement Classroom
You know your students best! Work with other teachers to identify ways to use Teacher Institute materials, content, and strategies in your classroom.
5:00 p.m. Travel by Bus to Colonial Williamsburg
5:30 p.m. Banquet Dinner Service Lodge Conference Center
7:30 p.m. Evening Program: Cry Witch Capitol