Sunday, November 15, 2015

Thanksgiving- A Day to Give Thanks, Remember the Pilgrims, and Squanto, too!

       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.