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Teacher Resources

This page contains specific resources developed for teachers using this Exploration.

Focusing Event for Entire Unit

Use the Check Your Knowledge About Pocahontas worksheet (Microsoft Word format) to generate interest. The students are to mark true or false next to the statements.

Hopefully there are some misunderstandings or misconceptions about Pocahontas that can be corrected by this unit.

Timeline of Powhatan Indians and Jamestown
circa 1500 Powhatan Chiefdom Created
1525 First European Contact with Indians in Virginia
1584 Attempted English Colony at Roanoke Island, N.C.
1607 Jamestown established
1608 John Smith captured by Powhatan
1609 John Smith returns to England
1614 Pocahontas marries John Rolfe
1615 Thomas Rolfe, son of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, born
1616 Rolfe family visits England
1617 Pocahontas dies in England
1618 Powhatan dies in Virginia
1622 First Opechancanough War
1634 Thomas Rolfe returns to Virginia
1644 Second Opechancanough War
1646 Opechancanough Dies
1677 Powhatans give up all lands in Treaty
1722 Powhatans believed extinct


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Exploration 1: Who Were Pocahontas and Squanto?

Focusing event:

Look at the painting, The Baptism of Pocahontas, on the Who Were Pocahontas and Squanto? exploration page or click the picture to the left.

Ask students the following questions about this painting:

  • Who do you think is centered in this painting?
  • Are you surprised to know that it is Pocahontas?
  • What do you think is happening?
  • Where do you think she is?
  • What else do you notice about the painting?
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Exploration 2: Evaluating the Disney film Pocahontas (1995)

Activity 1: Pocahontas

What did Pocahontas look like? Find four contrasting images of Pocahontas and describe the differences in the way she has been depicted. Did the view of the Native Americans change as the Pocahontas images changed?

  • Students can display these images in a presentation or in a word processing document and describe these differences underneath each image.
  • In analyzing the images, pay attention to the dates of the images. What was happening in America with respect to Native Americans during that time?

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