400th Anniversary
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Teacher Resources

The Official Education Curriculum Web site of America's 400th Anniversary!

For 18 months, beginning in 2006 America is commemorating an event that changed the world – the settling of Jamestown, Virginia in 1607, the first permanent English Settlement in North America. Jamestown established the culture that would flourish and leave the legacies of free enterprise, rule of law, representative government and cultural diversity. With the assistance of several state and national partners, educational programs and events are focusing attention on these legacies.

National Education Partners
NASA – Langley Research Center
National Council for the Social Studies
National Education Association
National History Day
U.S. Department of Education

State Education Partners

Virginia Department of Education
Virginia Education Association
Virginia Library Association
Virginia PTA


“Jamestown Live! Experience the Journey that Changed the World,” Jamestown Live! is the premier education initiative for the commemoration of America’s 400th Anniveray. The live Web cast was made available to national online audiences of students in grades 4-11 on Nov. 9, 2006.

Other educational opportunities are available on a curriculum Web site, and

Student ambassadors representing 49 states plus American Samoa and Department of Defense Schools in Bitburg, Germany gathered at Jamestown Nov. 9 to participate in “Jamestown Live! Experience the Journey that Changed the World.” The interactive Web cast was hosted by renowned journalist and national correspondent Gwen Ifill and included interviews with historians and experts by student reporters. Creative programming combined elements of a television news magazine with live performances of young people singing and dancing to historic themes. Also featured on the Web cast was a Town Hall meeting to inspire students to reflect on the impact that the settlement at Jamestown continues to have on their lives and their world.

Students from schools across Virginia joined the student ambassadors at Jamestown Settlement to participate in the historic “Teach-In.” Click Here to View Webcast of Jamestown Live!

Curriculum Development
Lesson plans in civics were designed for the Jamestown Journey Web site by the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. Additional lesson plans created by Historic Jamestowne and APVA Preservation Virginia, Colonial National Historical Park and US Park Service, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, NASA Langley Research Center, National Geographic, and Colonial Williamsburg have been added to the Web site. These materials were first made available in November 2005 and over 1000 teachers have already registered and are using these resources.

Teaching the Legacies of Jamestown

The legacies of Jamestown and the new nation to which it would give rise were not the product of a single source or event, but rather evolved out of a rich confluence of ideas and experiences. Contributions made first by Native American, European, and African cultures fostered what is today one of the most pluralistic and diverse societies on earth.
Excite your students about the Jamestown experience by using the many resources available on the Web site. You will find lessons such as:
Civics Lessons
  • Birth of American Democracy: Discourse, Debate and Compromise
  • Survivor Jamestown: Arrival in Virginia
  • Pluralism: Influence on Democracy
  • Great Irony: Denying and Extending Freedom
Interdisciplinary Resources and Lessons
  • Powhatan Living
  • Jamestown Economy
  • The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
  • Religion in Jamestown
  • Indentured Servitude: A Colonial Market for Labor
  • Slave Narratives: Hardships of Daily Life


  • National Education Association
  • National Council for Social Studies
  • U.S. Department of Education

  • Virginia Education Association
  • Virginia PTA
  • Virginia Department of Education


  • Co-development of five bookmarkers containing the names of suggested books about Jamestown
  • Co-sponsor and host of a Read Across America event
    Promotion of “Jamestown Live!” Web cast


  • Jamestown 2007 Stamp and Cachet Project
  • Virginia’s K-12 students to submit entries for postal cachet designs
  • Three winning designs to appear on cachets for commemorative stamp to be issued by US Postal Service

    Virginia Parent Teacher Association

  • Sponsored essay contest to select state students who participated in “Jamestown Live!” Web cast
  • Sponsored poster contest in support of the 225th Anniversary of the Victory at Yorktown

  • Other Educational Resources

    Virginia's First People: Past and Present - Instructional Resources
    Curriculum Materials -
    Jamestown Settlement

    Teacher's Corner - Historic Jamestowne
    Teacher's Corner - National Park Service

    Save Our History - The History Channel
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