Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic, Pocahontas, and supports the standard of analyzing the impact of contributions made by diverse historical figures.  Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of  projects.


Ask students if anyone has seen the Disney movie Pocahontas and/or read or heard stories about her.  Have them share what they know. After students share, ask what they think is true or not true about the stories they know. 


  • Read aloud the description on the Pocahontas topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.
  • Pair students and have them read one of the two Related Readings articles, then share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY

Students express their understanding through one or more of the following projects, which also address essential literacy skills. They can work individually or collaborate. 

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a movie that is a tribute to Pocahontas for the role she played in the relations between the Powhatan Confederacy and the Jamestown settlers. (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Make-a-Map: Describe the different roles Pocahontas played in her lifetime, including translator, peacemaker, and ambassador. (Essential  Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Creative Coding: Code a sorting game challenging players to identify between true and false facts about Pocahontas’s life. (Essential  Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)


Reflect: Students reflect on what they’ve learned about Pocahontas. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

    • How did Pocahontas bring peace to Jamestown?
    • Why do you think so few people know the true story of Pocahontas?
    • Why is it important for us to still talk about Pocahontas today?

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Pocahontas Challenge.


Time Zone X: Thanksgiving: This interactive timeline game challenges players to put historical events in chronological order.

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of interactions between Native Americans and European colonists with these topics: Jamestown Part 1, Jamestown Part 2, and Thanksgiving

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments