Harvest Ceremony: Beyond the Thanksgiving Myth

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There is a grain of truth in myths. Young historians investigate the truths surrounding the popular beliefs about the First Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts. After reading the information in a study guide, they use what they learned to respond to a series of discussion questions.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Enlarge, print, and post the map to orient learners
  • Younger readers will need assistance with the background information
Classroom Considerations
  • The five-page study guide includes background information about the Wampanoag, Narragansett, and the European settlers
  • The guide also includes discussion questions.
  • The study guide demonstrates how the celebrations of both the Native Americans and the settlers were combined
  • Although designed for grades K-12, no scaffolding is provided for younger learners