Lesson 3: Disney versus ‘Reality’


Did Pocahontas save John Smith’s life?



The Lesson Plan: Includes instruction and documents



From The Art of Historical Detection (pp. 1-7–Serving Time in Virginia)

PDF: Serving Time In VA–pp. 1-7

Audio file of the above chapter: http://www.livescribe.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/LDApp.woa/wa/MLSOverviewPage?sid=7ZJgLSZfjzQR


Using the 4 documents (2 primary documents from Smith and 2 secondary from the historians) and the Serving Time in Virginia article, write an argument that answers the question “Did Pocahontas save John Smith’s life?”


1. Historical Thinking  and  Social Studies Analysis

RPA History Argument and Analysis Rubric

2.  Career Related Learning Standards

Need help with your assessment? 

Writing the Argument-Analytical Paragraph Template

Brandy’s fairly unforgettable instruction on what a thesis is, the role of  evidence and what exactly commentary is all about.


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