Lessons and More!

For teachers or learners looking for lessons and materials specific to the 1619 landing of the first Africans in the English speaking Virginia colonies, we’ve put some things together to help you. Below are different planned out lessons with accompanying materials for you to use, as well as helpful links to more.

Lessons and Materials from Fort Monroe Authority

John Rolfe Letter Modified Reading Doc.pdf

1619 Newsletter Teacher Resource.pdf

See Think Wonder Worksheet.pdf

*Please note that all lessons are formed by following the following standards of learning for Common Core and the Virginia Standards of Learnings (SOLs)

National Standards (Common Core)

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.1 — Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.2 — Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.4 — Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.6 — Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.9 — Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.

State Standards

  • Virginia Standards of Learning as of 8/30/2022
  • VS.1a,b,c,d,e,f,g; VS.2c; VS.3e; VS.4a,e; VS.7a,b,c; VS.8a,b; VS.9c
  • USI&II.1a,c,d,g; USI.4c; USI.5b,d; USI.9a,b,c,e,f; USII.3b; USII.4c; USII.7c
  • VUS.1a,b,c,d,f,g; VUS.2b; VUS.3a,b,c; VUS.7a,b,c,e
  • Also covers topics and learning objectives found in Virginia Department of Education’s African American History Course Map 2021

Outside resources

New American History offers “high-quality, open-access resources about the American past. Their learning resources are designed primarily for middle-and high-school history and social studies teachers interested in harnessing the power of digital media in their classrooms.”


If you have questions or need assistance with any lessons or materials, please contact us at memorial1619@fortmonroe.org.

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