In our classrooms, we need to continue to encourage critical thinking when it comes to popular historical events. We are sentimental as a nation, which is natural. We are proud of our heritage; and that is very important! But there is never just one side to a story.
This set asks kids to think about the following:
What might others think about the first Thanksgiving?
What would a Wampanoag child think or feel if he/she were to meet the Pilgrims?
What would a Pilgrim child think at first sight of the Native Americans?
Write a letter to Squanto. What would you say to him if he were alive today?
Was he a hero? Or was he a traitor to his own people, and Chief Massasoit?
What is the writer's point of view? Purpose? Message?
The sample below is just a preview of 23 pages in my new Thanksgiving resource: Squanto: Friend, Guide, and Teacher. This set encourages students to determine fact from opinion, and to write from 2 different points of view. This set includes vocabulary and prompts for writing. This is designed with grades 2-4 in mind, considering text level and questions.
Click on the link below to check it out. It's brand new...maybe a little late to get out into the world, but I worked hard to make this a meaningful resource for teachers and home-schoolers.