On This Day: Mayflower Compact

Learners consider how the Mayflower Compact created a sense of order for the new residents of North America. Video clips include a scholar and a re-enactor playing Plymouth Gov. William Bradford, and others include Native American reactions to the Pilgrims' arrival. In addition, the resource links to other lesson ideas.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask learners to view the clips of re-enactors and then create their own versions of residents of the Plymouth colony or Native Americans reacting to the arrival of the English
  • Have pupils compare and contrast the views of indigenous and English peoples represented in these videos using a chart or other graphic organizer
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a free account to view the five clips, or teachers should use the username: students, password: C-SPANCLASSROOM
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Resource makes an effort to integrate indigenous peoples into the narrative of the Pilgrims and Plymouth
  • Videos include the reading of the Mayflower Compact
Cons
  • Some video quality is low