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Did you know that Tisquantum literally means “Wrath of God?” Doesn’t quite sound like the do-gooder Native American we have come to love and revere throughout history, does it? What if there’s another side to Squanto? One we gloss over in history books and Thanksgiving day pageants? This primary source analysis will not only help your students analyze, evaluate, compare, and think critically about ten different sources regarding our beloved Squanto; it will also help them realize that every “character” they learn about history is a complex individual with multiple motivations and outlooks.
This set includes ten carefully selected and edited sources, tailored with the teenager in mind. They are assembled in an easy to navigate packet with graphic organizers and helpful tips. It also includes a teacher’s packet with tips and ideas for you. I know time is a precious commodity, so I created this with the idea that you would be able to jump right in with minimal preparation. There is also a helpful PowerPoint presentation that guides you as you teach your students HOW to analyze primary sources and then walk through the first few sources with them, pointing out important facts and phrases along with helpful blurbs and tips for the teacher. I want you to be successful. Check out the many positive reviews on my resource "Christopher Columbus: Hero of Villain" to get an idea of how well these resources work in actual classrooms.
I know your students will love analyzing these sources. This resource is an incredible way for them to discover history, interact with real historical individuals, visualize a world hundreds of years ago, develop historical empathy, form opinions, have fun lively debates with their classmates, and learn how to really analyze what's in front of them. My hope in creating these primary source analyses is that students will develop a level of literacy that extends beyond simply consuming the barrage of information thrown at them everyday. My hope is that students will learn how to interact, analyze, and think critically about that information and form their OWN educated opinions.