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Pilgrims, Plymouth, The Last Patuxet & The First Thanksgiving. Full ESL Unit.

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Introduce your ELLs and lower-level readers to the incredible and nuanced story of Squanto, the first Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims in the New World in this colorful multi-part text.

This key moment in social studies details the first Thanksgiving and the establishment of the Plymouth Colony. It is brought to life with an accessible illustrated text that clearly explains the core ideas including:

  • What was the Mayflower Compact and why was it important?
  • The fact that the "New World" was not new at all, but had been populated by Native Americans for thousands of years.
  • Initial Pilgrim explorations and encounters with Native Americans.
  • The Patuxet Tribe.
  • The legend of Plymouth Rock.
  • Difficulties in settling, given the winter and unexpected conditions.
  • Massasoit and Squanto and the Wampanoag tribe.
  • The background prior to the arrival of the Mayflower, in which Englishmen had taken Native Americans as slaves, tricked them and killed them.
  • The brief peace between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans, prior to the arrival of further English settlers.
  • The feast, now called the first Thanksgiving.

The text is carefully researched and written to be accessible to beginner ESL students and up. Please check the preview to make sure it looks right for your students.

In addition to the text, you get a multitude of activities, including a timeline, a vocabulary quiz, writing exercises, analyzing primary and secondary sources, a story grid, and even a word search. You also get five days of lesson plans, with standards.

Check out the preview to get the idea!

The PDF can be printed, or works on the TPT digital platform for sharing via Google Classroom.

Important Note to Teachers

The story of the first Thanksgiving is important in U.S. culture. Yet, it is a complex story, which involves much tragedy. In making this resource I have tried to provide ample historical context, without editorializing. I also sought to avoid including inaccurate depictions of the Wampanoag people. Prior to teaching this topic, to gain a broader understanding of why many Native Americans find the holiday painful, and some myths that surround it I would strongly recommend this article:

If you have any feedback on this topic please feel free to email me at: feedback@textsforesl.com.

Many thanks and I hope this is useful.

Total Pages
32 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.


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