Free Lesson Plans &Tools for Teaching Democracy 

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Welcome to  This website provides lesson plans and other teaching resources developed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the nation’s beginning at Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.  These free lessons offer students the opportunity to learn about the birthplace of democracy in America and reflect upon the vision and values that define the world’s oldest republic.


The 400th anniversary commemoration produced stunning new discoveries, significant new scholarship, impressive new interpretive facilities, and illuminating new educational initiatives that will continue to enhance our understanding of the remarkably consequential convergence of man and nature in the Chesapeake region four centuries ago.


On this site are many educational resources developed for the commemoration including transcripts and video links to a series of historic academic conferences that were conducted at numerous colleges and Universities.  You may also access the final report of the federal commission - authorized by the United States Congress - to commemorate the anniversary. 


The lesson plans and historic first-hand accounts offered here are aimed at teaching current and future generations of students about the important legacies of the landing at Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.  The lessons and materials are designed to offer a more complete portrait of America’s 400th Anniversary, a poignant period of celebration, remembrance, and renewal inspired by the boundless promise of a still-young United States of America.