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A Lion To Guard Us Unit Study

Activities, Vocabulary, Maps, Questions to accompany Clyde Bulla's historical fiction novel: A Lion To Guard Us

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Historical Fiction

This is a great first historical fiction novel for students: the founding of Jamestown Colony, the wreck of the ship Sea Adventure, and the Starving Time during the fateful winter.

Bermuda Stamp Sea Venture Ship Bermuda Stamp Sea Venture Leaders Somers and Gates

Above Left: Bermuda Stamp commemorating the Sea Venture. Right: Admiral George Somers and Governor Thomas Gates

Students learn about the third supply to Jamestown, the fleet of ships, the wreck of the Sea Venture, and the somewhat testy relationship between Somers and Gates during the months they were shipwrecked on Bermuda.

Bermuda Stamp Fleets Leaving Plymouth Bermuda Stamp The Sea Venture on Stormy Sea Bermuda Stamp Building Deliverance
Bermuda Stamp Deliverance & Patience Leave Bermuda Bermuda Stamp Deliverance & Patience Arrive in Jamestown

As a fun activity, students chronoligically order the events depicted in Bermuda's commemorative stamps. The correct order shown above is:
  1. The fleet leaving Plymouth, England
  2. The Sea Venture wrecks during the storm
  3. The Building of the Deliverance
  4. Deliverance and Patience leave Bermuda
  5. Deliverance and Patience arrive in Jamestown

Fun facts and historical information are spread throughout the unit study.


A Lion To Guard Us Vocabulary has chapter-by-chapter lists of words and their defintions.

Chapter Summary

List of events in each chapter



Students practice narrating the events in a chapter orally with a notecard.


Our maps for A Lion To Guard Us will show the location of:

Historical Fiction

We consider the role of historical fiction in literature. Students differentiate historial from fictitious elements:


We provide a timeline of Jamestown, the Sea Adventure, and Bermuda Island.

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