What do you really know about the first Thanksgiving day? Was there a grand feast or was it a reflective day of prayer? The story is way more complicated than many student know.
Start by encouraging students to examine their own ideas of the holiday. They then read recent publications about Thanksgiving and compare it to what they know to be true.
Investigating a set of 7 clues (a combination of primary and secondary sources) to and a chart to help them analyze each artifact. Students will determine what the real story of Thanksgiving is.
You are then given 6 different ways to check assess them or offer them extension activities based on how much time you have you could keep it short by having them Tweet out a response to the question or create a bumper sticker, a political cartoon, or process it in their spiral with different options for questions/activities. Each option includes directions and all the handouts you could possibly need.
If you enjoy this lesson check out my other history mystery lessons.
- History Crime Solvers:
Who was here first? Columbus crashed onto the shores of Hispaniola in 1492. He wasn't the first. As teachers we all know about Leif Erikson, but do you know the mystery and legend of those others that came before? Have students dig into primary and secondary sources the first weeks of school eagerly trying to decipher legend from fact in this history crime solver.
- Lost Colony of Roanoke An investigation into what really occurred at America's first attempt at a colonization.
- Were there really Witches in Salem? What needs to happen to start a witch hunt? The students look at all the different factors that led to the first American witch hunt.
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