Refer to the article & course source materials and the textbook only. You do not need to do any research. Do not use outside sources (Internet, Websites etc.) Assignments with outside sources will receive zero points.

America’s first permanent colonists have long been considered lazy and incompetent. But new evidence suggests that it was a prolonged drought-not indolence-that almost did them in.

For your first writing assignment, you will read the essay “Rethinking Jamestown” by Jeffrey L. Sheler published in Smithsonian in January 2005 available on Blackboard.

Read the assignment questions carefully before you read the sources.  Read the sources carefully, taking notes as you read.  After a thorough and careful reading, answer the assignment questions with insight and clarity.  Answer each questions fully, paying attention to all parts of the questions. This is not an essay assignment.  You have specific questions to answer.  Please leave the questions on the assignment submission and place your responses directly after each question.

Each question should be answered in 1-2 solid paragraphs. Use academic college level writing including evidence analysis, place in historical context  To support your answers, provide specific details and examples with in-text citations from the materials. Responses received without in-text citations will receive a 5-point off the earned grade and may be considered plagiarized.

Draw upon what you have read but also reflect upon the relevant historical material covered in class.  Answer the questions on the attached word document. Responses must include the questions & response should follow each question individually.