Teaching Thanksgiving Through Picture Books- Mini Unit



Use four picture books to teach students about Thanksgiving from English and Native American perspectives.

Read the commonly told story of the Pilgrims voyage and meal with Native Americans. Then read a book that tells the story of the first Thanksgiving through the perspective of a Wampanoag boy and an English boy.

Then learn about the tradition of giving thanks in Mohawk and Cherokee tribes.

CCSS. RL. 2.4, CCSS. RI. 2.6, CCSS. RI. 2.9

This unit is based around four books:

The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Gowler Greene

Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Feast by Kate Waters

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.
Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.


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