The Mayflower Compact - Lesson and Activities

The Mayflower Compact - Lesson and Activities
The Mayflower Compact - Lesson and Activities
The Mayflower Compact - Lesson and Activities
The Mayflower Compact - Lesson and Activities
The Mayflower Compact - Lesson and Activities
The Mayflower Compact - Lesson and Activities
The Mayflower Compact - Lesson and Activities
The Mayflower Compact - Lesson and Activities
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Ensure student understanding of the Mayflower Compact with this comprehensive primary source analysis. Students begin the lesson with foundational background text and tier-three vocabulary review. Next, students move on to read the Mayflower Compact, transfer it into their own words, and answer comprehension questions. Finally, students complete an extension activity that connects the ideas of the Mayflower Compact to their lives today. ***Paper PDF AND Google Drive Resource Included!***

This resource can be completed on paper or online with laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, or any device that supports Google Drive. The included Teacher's Guide includes access to the link that will allow you to make your own copy of the resource for use in Google Classroom/Google Drive.


• The Mayflower Compact Background Text: Reading the background information provides students with a foundation for analyzing the Mayflower Compact. It outlines the identities of the colonists, their purpose for settling in Plymouth, and the necessity for self-government.

• Vocabulary Matrix: Students work with five tier-three vocabulary terms before analyzing the Mayflower Compact. The vocabulary matrix requires students to write the definition, sketch a picture, and write an original sentence for each word. Students will need access to a dictionary to complete this portion of the lesson.

• The Mayflower Compact Complete Text: A complete text of the Mayflower Compact is provided for students to read before completing their analysis.

• Text Analysis: In order to ensure student understanding of the Mayflower Compact, the original text is broken down into five different sections. There is space provided for students to write the meaning of each section in their own words.

• Comprehension Questions: Students continue their analysis of the Mayflower Compact by answering comprehension questions.

• Extension Activity- Mars Colonization: The extension activity requires students to connect the ideas presented in the Mayflower Compact to something more contemporary. Arrange students in small groups to complete the activity. They will be leading an expedition to colonize Mars, and they must come up with five rules and regulations to ensure the success of their colony.


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