The First Thanksgiving Reading Passages
Reading and Writing about The First Thanksgiving
Each page in this resource is designed to use alone or supplement a unit you may have for the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. This set focuses on Pilgrims, The First Thanksgiving and its history and the Wampanoag tribe that contributed to the survival of the Pilgrims.
Before Reading Activity Sheets:
-Anticipation Guide to use before reading the informational passages and can be revisited during or after to check predictions!
-Before, During, and After Prediction graphic organizer
-Brainstorm page about possible words and/or topics about Thanksgiving (food, places, people, animals)
-The First Thanksgiving (1160L)
-Persevering Pilgrims (940L)
-How Thanksgiving Began (830L)
-Wampanoag and Pilgrims (1040L) passage to compare and contrast the two topics
After Reading Activity Sheets:
-R.A.F.T. (Role, Audience, Format, Topic)
Writing a letter from the perspective of a Pilgrim to a Wampanoag Native American Indian
-Vocabulary Review and Practice (Fill-In the Blank)
-Blank Pilgrim Acrostic Poem
- Compare and Contrast using Venn Diagram (Pilgrim and Wampanoag)
Writing Activity Prompts:
: Do you think it was a good idea for the Pilgrims to leave England?
: Tell a story from the perspective of a Pilgrim or Wampanoag's first meeting or the big feast.
: Explain why the Pilgrims left England and how the Wampanoag helped them in the New World.
Explain how the First Thanksgiving began why it is important.
You can also try these writing prompts as a writing extension:
Other Holiday Themed Products:
St. Patrick's Day Writing