In this lesson, students will sketch what they think the first Thanksgiving looked like, and they will share their sketches and thinking with a nearby partner. Following this, they will participate in an interactive read aloud of 1621, A New Look at Thanksgiving, where they will listen to the story, analyze the pictures, and answer and discuss document based questions that are geared to enhance their understanding of the First Thanksgiving. After the story is read, students will again sketch what they think the first Thanksgiving looked like and compare their sketches. The hope is the new and accurate information from the book will alleviate stereotypes based off of perpetuated misinformation.
Paul Hanlon School
English Language Arts