Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
We really enjoyed the book Roanoke: The Lost Colony (An Unsolved Mystery From History) by Jane Yolen. Designed with a detective story format, it offers a creative story of the famed lost early English colony in American history. Yolen’s approach blends storytelling, dictionary skills, colorful illustrations, timelines, notes, theories and critical thinking elements. It works as a great picture story book on its own but it can also easily be used to discuss general themes, such as explorers of the New World, natives of the Americas, early English colonies, mysteries in history, and how theories are developed.
I chose to use clues within the text to prompt questions, such as: Who originally built the fort where the English soldiers in Roanoke were at as they waited for the colonists to arrive? and How did Manteo get to England in order to be on the ship with John White? It made for interesting brain storming as we considered and challenged exploration timelines and the history of America’s colonization by the Europeans as it is generally taught. I highly recommend the book, which is well suited for ages 6-10.
Target Vocabulary: abandoned, border, captured, charter, clues, coastline, colony, community, flagship, flyboat, Indian, inland, lost, mystery, native, pinnace, Roanoke, survivor, theory, tribe, unsolved
Related Geography: Chesapeake Bay, Croatoan Island, England, Europe, Ireland, New World (Americas), North Carolina, Portsmouth (England), Santa Cruz, Spain, Roanoke, Virginia