Monday, September 19, 2011

Website Spotlight: Jamestown (Festival Park)

 
Website URL: http://www.historyisfun.org/Jamestown-Settlement.htm

Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.

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Here are the portions of this website that I ask my students to review:

A. Powhatan Indian Village
http://www.historyisfun.org/Powhatan-Village.htm

1. Essays

Pocahontas and the Powhatans of Virginia
Cultural Intermediaries
Powhatan Identity in Late 17th-Century Virginia

2. Videos

Powhatan and Pocahontas
Powhatans and Trade

B. Jamestown Settlement Ships
http://www.historyisfun.org/Jamestown-Ships.htm

Click on the link "Learn more about..."

C. From Africa to Virginia
http://www.historyisfun.org/From-Africa-to-Virginia.htm

1. Video Resources:

Jamestown Chronicles: Angela - The African
More about Angela and the first Africans in Virginia
Discovering Jamestown: The West Central Africans

2. Lesson Plan for Students and Image Gallery

The People of Jamestown: The Africans
Image Gallery - West Central Africans

3. Background Historical Essays

Cultures at Jamestown
The Angolan Connection and Slavery in Virginia
The Evolution of the Slave Quarter in Tidewater Virginia

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Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Colonial+Era

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/WEBSITE+SPOTLIGHT

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