History of Thanksgiving Writing Activities Reading Comprehension | Recount

Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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Need to teach your students all about the history of Thanksgiving? This personal recount Thanksgiving writing activity will equip your students with first-hand knowledge about the history of the First Thanksgiving. The recount is narrated through the perspective of Mary (fictional character) aboard the Mayflower. She will connect to the reader with her gripping narration of the events that unfolded right when the Separatists left their small town in Nottinghamshire, England in the year 1620 to the time when they reached their final destination.

Your students will be able to recall dates and events that led up to the establishment of the Plymouth Plantation and consequently the celebration of the First Thanksgiving.

Items Included

  • A personal recount: Peace at Plymouth: The First Thanksgiving x 3 pages
  • 21 Constructive questions targeting factual information.
  • 12 images of the Wampanoag Tribe and the Plymouth Pilgrims to put historical context into perspective x 2 pages
  • Cover page for students if all sheets are to be compiled into a mini booklet.
  • flipbook to collate all information from the recount and answers to constructive questions x 5 pages. The Flipbook features guided questions to scaffold students’ writing information.
  • Bonus: editable Flipbook for you to type in the titles and guiding questions.


  • Students will read the personal recount to gather information.

  • Next, they will attempt the 21 constructive questions to better understand historical events. The target of each question is for students to gather as much information as possible on the topic.

  • Finally, students get to compile the information gathered via the recount and the questioning in their flipbooks.


  • The Flipbooks will make an impressive bulletin board. display

  • This pack will be perfect for students to work on before, after or during Thanksgiving break.

  • The personal recount may also be analyzed for structure and figurative language in a writing class.


The Flipbook

The flipbook will enable your students to collate information gathered from the personal recount and constructed questions. There are guiding prompts to facilitate writing information. You have the option to edit all text in the flipbook to suit the needs of your students.

The following editable sections are included:

  • 1620, ENGLAND: guiding questions include target information on the Separatists, reason why they left England, King Henry VIII

  • THE VOYAGE: obstacles faced on the voyage across the Atlantic

  • PLYMOUTH: Wampanoag Tribe, life at Plymouth Plantation, difficulties faced.

  • FIRST THANKSGIVING: details of the feast, the host and the guests.

*Instructions to assemble Flipbook in download.


File Format

  • You will receive a PDF file that you can print without any changes to the flipbook. You will also get an editable PowerPoint file. Here you will be able to edit all text in the flipbook. You will be able to write your own guiding prompts to facilitate effective research.

  • All text is embedded, although you have the option to insert your own font of choice.

  • All clipart is secured in accordance with copyright terms.

This flipbook will help your students practice essential research skills while writing an interesting account of the First Thanksgiving.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.


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