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What is the QUESTION we are ANSWERING in this DBQ? 
Jamestown why did people die? 
 
 

What INFORMATION are we LOOKING FOR in the DBQ to answer the QUESTION? 
 
 
Who killed the Jamestown people 
 
Write your essay below:  
 
Did you know about this? Jamestown is a place in America. Why did so many people die in 
Jamestown? ​So many colonists died in Jamestown because no rain, no food, no land. ​One 
reason so many colonists died in Jamestown is there was no food. Document __1__ 
supports this claim because there wasn’t any rain. This reason supports why so many 
colonists died in Jamestown because they didn’t have food. The second so many colonists 
died in Jamestown is no rain. Document __2__ supports this claim because they were 
starving there. This reason supports why so many colonists died in Jamestown because 
they couldn’t eat because nothing grows. The third reason so many colonists died in 
Jamestown is no stores. Document __3__ supports this claim because they didn’t have a 
place to buy food. This reason supports why so many colonists died in Jamestown because 
they couldn’t eat. ​People in Jamestown died because no food, no rain, no stores. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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  (80%-100%)  (70%-80%)  (60%70%)  (50%-60%)  (0%-50%) 

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Raw Score: 6/32
Percentage: 18.70%
Rank: Limited
 
1. What can you infer about ​who lived in this area​ before the arrival of the English? 
They are gone now 
2. Why do you think the English would ​choose to settle here? 
 
Because it was free 
3. Is there any evidence that the​ English expected trouble? 
 
They are all gone now 
 
 
1. Why did the​ English come to America in 1607?  

To settle 
 
 
2. Who helped ​pay for settling the James River colony? 

The king 
 
3. How many ​settlers died ​in the ​first six months? 

A lot of settlers 
 
 
 

 
 
DOCUMENT 1 
1. What does “drought” mean? Google the definition.  

It means no water 
 
2. How does drought affect food and growing crops? 

 
It can’t grow well 
 
3. In the winter of 1609-1610, Jamestown experienced what settlers called the “starving time.” Based 
on this document, what do you think caused the “starving time?” 

No food 
 
 
4. Is there any way lack of rain might create fights between the English and the Powhatans (Native 
Americans)? Explain. 

No 
 
5. Based on this document, ​why did so many colonists die at Jamestown? 

They didnt have food 


 
DOCUMENT 2 
1. How many settlers arrived in May 1607? 1608? How many settlers total? 

110 
2. What is a “gentleman”? Why were so many settlers “gentlemen?” 

A man 
3. Are there any jobs missing from the list that would help settlers? What are they? 

Computers and also stores 


4. From looking at this chart, ​why did so many colonists die at Jamestown?  

They didn’t have a lot of people 


DOCUMENT 3 
1. What is the ​highest number​ for​ total population of settlers ​ever at Jamestown? 

290 
2. In 1607 and 1608 how many settlers died from disease? How many were killed by Indians? 

76 
3. What are the two main reasons why settlers died from 1609-1610? 

Getting killed  
 
4. From looking at this chart, ​why did so many colonists die at Jamestown?  

They died by killings 


 
 
 
Preparing Your Essay  
WHY DID SO MANY COLONISTS DIE IN EARLY JAMESTOWN? 
Reason #1:  

No rain 
 

What document is this reason from? Document ______1_______ 


Reason #2:  

No food  
 
 

What document is this reason from? Document _____2_____ 


Reason #3:  

No jobs  
 

What document is this reason from? Document ______3______ 


 
 
 
Thesis Statement 
A thesis statement is your MAIN SENTENCE. It ANSWERS the DBQ with your 
THREE REASONS. 
 

So many colonists died in Jamestown because 

1. No rain 

2. No food 

3. No stores  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I. INTRODUCTION 
A. Grabber ​(Ask a question to get your reader’s attention OR state an interesting or 
surprising fact) 
Did you know about this? 
 
 
B. Background information on Jamestown (date, place, situation) ​Write one background 
sentence on Jamestown. 
 
Jamestown is a place in America. 
 
C. Rewrite the DBQ Question 
Why did so many people die in Jamestown? 
 
 
E. Thesis Sentence  
So many colonists died in Jamestown because no rain, no food, no land. 
 
 
II. BODY PARAGRAPH #1​ (Reason One:)  
 
A. Baby Thesis:   
One reason so many colonists died in Jamestown is there was no food. 
 
 
B. Evidence: Use evidence from the documents to provide details about Reason One.  
Document __1__ supports this claim because there wasn’t any rain. 
 
 
C. Argument:  
This reason supports why so many colonists died in Jamestown because they didn’t have 
food. 
 
 
 
 
 
III. BODY PARAGRAPH #2 ​(Reason Two: )  
 
A. Baby Thesis:   
The second so many colonists died in Jamestown is no rain. 
 
 
B. Evidence: Use evidence from the documents to provide details about Reason One.  
Document __2__ supports this claim because they were starving there. 
 
 
C. Argument:  
This reason supports why so many colonists died in Jamestown because they couldn’t eat 
because nothing grows. 
 
 
IV. BODY PARAGRAPH #3​ (Reason Three:)  
A. Baby Thesis:   
The third reason so many colonists died in Jamestown is no stores. 
 
 
B. Evidence: Use evidence from the documents to provide details about Reason One.  
Document __3__ supports this claim because they didn’t have a place to buy food 
 
 
C. Argument:  
This reason supports why so many colonists died in Jamestown because they couldn’t 
eat. 
 
 
V. CONCLUSION 
A. Rewrite your thesis sentence  
People in Jamestown died because no food, no rain, no stores. 
 
 
B. Summarize key idea of your argument