This unit is filled with activities that will engage your students in a variety of higher-level reading and thinking skills as they organize, realize, and empathize with the real people who were the Pilgrims. Read about the brave men, women and children, and get to know them not just as nameless, faceless people, but as moms and dads who wanted a better life. Which child came to the New World as a servant, lost all three of his siblings to the illness, then grew up to save another colony from starving AND raised three orphans? What makes someone care like that? Who started off as Governor on both ships, but lost his position because of how badly he treated the poor? This isn't the usual "What did they eat the first Thanksgiving?", but if your students already know the basics and are ready to see history as the story of the real people who struggled to make a start in the New World, then the discussions they have from this will help you bring history to life in the hearts and minds of your students, while giving them valid truths to think, discuss, and write about.