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Pamunkey Digital Storybook

Life Along the River: The Pamunkey Indian Tribe of Virginia is a digital storybook that explores the history and contemporary lives of the Pamunkey peoples. The content of the storybook is organized into four chapters. Each chapter explores a particular theme that is important to the Pamunkey Indian Tribe: place, community and culture, history, and the future.

Resource Information

grades   4 5
Pamunkey, Piscataway
Government & Civics, English Language Arts, Environmental Science, Geography, History, Social Studies
Pamunkey, Powhatan, Jamestown, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, Pamunkey Indian Tribe of Virginia, Natural Resources, Environment, Powhatan Confederacy, Treaties, Federal Recognition
Essential Understandings More Close

1: American Indian Cultures
Native people continue to fight to maintain the integrity and viability of Indigenous societies. American Indian history is one of cultural persistence, creative adaptation, renewal, and resilience.

2: Time, Continuity, and Change
European contact resulted in devastating loss of life, disruption of tradition, and enormous loss of lands for American Indians.

3: People, Places, and Environments
The story of American Indians in the Western Hemisphere is intricately intertwined with places and environments. Native knowledge systems resulted from long-term occupation of tribal homelands, and observation and interaction with places. American Indians understood and valued the relationship between local environments and cultural traditions and recognized that human beings are part of the environment.

10: Civic Ideals & Practices
More than 560 tribal governments are recognized by the United States as having rights of sovereign self-government. Dozens of other tribes are recognized by various state governments, whose authorities and responsibilities differ according to the laws of the states.


Academic Standards More Close

Reading Informational Text

  • RI.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • RI.4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
  • RI.4.7 Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, timelines, animations, or interactive elements on web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.


  • W.4.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
  • W.4.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Speaking and Listening

  • SL.4.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.