Thanksgiving stands as one of the most American of holidays, an autumnal ritual fixed in the imagination as honoring the piety and perseverance of the nation’s earliest arrivals during colonial days....
Jill Lepore, Professor of Early American History at Harvard University, draws on scholarship from her book, The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity, to trace how the meanings attached to this brutally destructive war have changed as the attitudes about historical actors and the political pressures on those actors have changed. Lepore examines early colonial accounts that depict King Philip’s men as savages and interpret the war as a punishment from God, discusses how the narrative of the war was...
Students will use literature to gain insight into the lives of the Wampanoag people and their participation in the first Thanksgiving celebration.
Students will present information on different aspects of the Wampanoag lifestyle.
chart paper for KWL chart
children’s literature on the Wampanoag (see suggested books in this lesson)
paper for each group
pencils and markers