Squanto, Friend, Guide, Teacher is a set for reading and writing about Squanto's friendship with the Pilgrims. Critical thinking questions, writing prompts, identifying facts from opinion, and writing from multiple points of view.
Also known as Tisquantum, Squanto is famous today for his contributions that enabled the Pilgrims to survive during their first year at Plymouth.
Here are some similar questions for encouraging discussion about the Native Americans, Squanto, and the Pilgrims...and writing from their viewpoints.
Why was Squanto a friend, despite losing his own people?
If you were a Wampanoag child, what would you think of these new people who have landed?
If you were a Pilgrim child, what would you think of the people who carry rabbit skins on their backs?
*Reading passage (3 pages- Gr. 2 level)
*Summary (To scaffold, choose one of 2 writing papers with sentence starters.)
*Writing Prompt: Writer’ Purpose (using textual evidence)
*Writing Prompt: Why did Squanto help the Pilgrims? (using textual evidence)
*Writing Prompt: What is a Friend?
*Fact vs Opinion reference page
*Fact vs Opinion task cards (12 cards)
*Fact vs Opinion Answer Key
*Vocabulary Cards to aid in comprehension (12 cards)
*Vocabulary page (Complete the definitions using text and cards.)
*Wampanoag Indian Child’s Point of View
*Pilgrim Child’s Point of View
*Sample Letter to Squanto
*Write a Letter to Squanto
*Two Writing Papers (for any writing follow up)
Appropriate video clip links are also included to support this lesson.
The text level is between grade 2 and 3. Fourth graders who need reading and writing supports will be able to show success.
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