You Are the Historian:
Learn the truth about the "First Thanksgiving."
Thanksgiving, colony, Pilgrims, Plimoth, Plymouth, Wampanoag
Lesson Plan Resource:
You Are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving
The remarkable resource above was created by the staff of Plimoth Plantation. Students step into the shoes of Dancing Shoes, a modern-day descendent of the Wampanoag Indians, and Sara, a descendent of Remember Allerton, one of the original colonists who landed at Plimoth aboard the Mayflower. We recommend walking students through this Web presentation. To do that, you can project the Web site on a screen for all to see. (If you do not have access to a projector attached to your Internet connection, perhaps you can present this Web site in your school's computer lab.) Together, you and your students can explore these sections of the site:
Be sure to refer to the "Becoming a Historian" Teacher's Guide. This teacher's guide suggests ways to use each of the above sections of the Web site to teach important lessons about the harvest celebration of 1621 and the role of historians.
Once you have explored the site in detail as a class, you might let students explore at their own pace (in the classroom computer center or the school computer lab). Let them us the Web site as a resource as they complete the "Investigating the First Thanksgiving" Quiz. Students might work with a partner to do this activity. The answers to this quiz appear in the Assessment section below.
Answers to the "Investigating the First Thanksgiving" Quiz
Fact or Myth? 1.F, 2.F, 3.T, 4.F.
The Evidence. 5. Edward Winslow; 6. f; 7. five.
The Wampanoag People. 8. bark; 9. spring; 10. fish; 11. get away from ocean winds.
The English Colonists. 12.F, 13.T, 14.F, 15.T, 16.F, 17.F.
The Path to 1621. 18. women and children; 19. protect themselves from enemies.
The "First Thanksgiving" Glossary. 20.e, 21.h, 22.a, 23.g, 24.k, 25.j, 26.i, 27.c, 28.b, 29.d, 30.f.
Lesson Plan Source
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES K - 12
NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.3 Evaluation Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.6 Applying Knowledge
NL-ENG.K-12.8 Developing Research Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.9 Multicultural Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills
SOCIAL SCIENCES: U.S. History
GRADES K - 4
NSS-USH.K-4.1 Living and Working together in Families and Communities, Now and Long Ago
GRADES 5 - 12
NSS-USH.5-12.1 Era 1: Three Worlds Meet (Beginnings to 1620)
NSS-USH.5-12.2 Era 2: Colonization and Settlement (1585-1763)
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