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Pilgrims Mini-Unit: Teach the first colonists to New England! Google 1:1!
This Pilgrims mini-unit is included in the larger 13 Colonies Unit, located here:
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In this mini-unit on the Pilgrims, students will be be able to answer the following questions:
1.) Who are the Pilgrims? Where are they coming from? Why are they traveling to America? Where did they intend to land?
3.) What is the purpose of the Mayflower Compact? What were the circumstances around its writing? What impact does it have on the United States today?
This unit plan does not have a "lesson plan" because I believe it should be left up to you to decide how to administer this unit. However, here is a brief description of the content you can expect to receive:
You will receive:
1.) A Powerpoint: “Who are the Pilgrims and the founding of the Plymouth Colony?” It covers only the essentials and teaches students who this group is, what their situation is in England (and Holland), where they originally wanted to land, and what the differences between a Separatist and a Puritan.
2.) “Puritanism in America” - This document was created to help students prepare for the year-end multiple-choice tests. Students are given a brief reading sample about what Puritanism is like - then are given 4 multiple choice questions to gauge their understanding. A great resource for teaching students what children (and adults) could expect to experience under the Puritan faith.
3.) “Puritan Belief Quotes” - This document was compiled to show, specifically, the rigid structure of Puritanism. Students will read over 5 quotes (all from Pilgrim times) and answer the “observation questions”. The questions have a dual-purpose: to guide students in pulling out relevant information regarding Puritan life AND to understand the true belief system of these people. This lesson can especially be useful is one were to teach about the Salem Witch Trials next - by examining the religion of these people here it can easily be paralleled there.
4.) “Mayflower Compact.” - Students can read individually or in groups to analyze this powerful and essential primary source. Students will be given the document in its entirety (although the document is very short) and are asked to answer 5 discussion questions that get to heart of the document’s goal. I often times will include dictionaries with the groups since there can be some difficult language!
5.) Lastly, you will receive a 3 minute video clip that I typically show with the PowerPoint presentation, however you free to show as you wish! The video details the Pilgrims, who they are, and provides a quick review of what they just learned!
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