Pilgrims were early settlers in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. They fled England as separatists from the Church of England and arrived in the New World with the aim of establishing a community where they could practice their religion without persecution.
Squanto (ca. 1580–1622) was a Patuxet Indian who acted as an interpreter and de facto intermediary between the Wampanoag Indians and Pilgrim settlers at Plymouth. Previously, he had been captured and taken to England by Captain Thomas Hunt in 1614.
Much of what is known about early Wampanoag history comes from archaeological evidence, the Wampanoag oral tradition (much of which has been lost), and documents created by seventeenth-century English colonists.
The Wampanoag people have lived in southeastern New England for thousands of years. In 1600 there were as many as 12,000 Wampanoag who lived in forty villages. Both oral tradition and archaeological evidence suggests that Native peoples lived in the area for 10,000 years. Wampanoag...
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
This unit is part of Gilder Lehrman’s series of Common Core State Standards–based teaching resources. These units were developed to enable students to understand, summarize, and analyze original texts of historical significance. Through this step-by-step process, students will acquire the skills to analyze any primary or secondary source material.
Over the course of three lessons the students will analyze sources about the voyage of the Pilgrims to America aboard the...