The First Thanksgiving Feast for Grades 6–8

It's time for the feast! Young historians complete their study of the First Thanksgiving by completing an online activity, watching a slideshow, and examining a First Thanksgiving timeline. After answering text-dependent questions to test their comprehension of the materials, individuals craft a scrapbook, adopting the perspective of someone who attended the feast.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups investigate the National Day of Mourning and Unthanksgiving Day protests and present their findings to the whole class
Classroom Considerations
  • The third and final lesson in the Thanksgiving Feast series
  • Requires the KWL chart, the readings, and handouts from the previous two lessons in the series
Pros
  • The richly detailed plan offers several different suggestions for ways to conduct the lesson
  • An answer key is included for the reading comprehension check
  • The lesson also looks at the problems that contributed to the deteriorating relationships between the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims
Cons
  • None