Lesson 1 (from Preface: The Two Voyages)
In the preface, Philbrick talks about the myth of national origins with the Pilgrims in their wide-brimmed hats and buckled shoes. But he says that he discovered there is more to the story than the landing on Plymouth Rock and the first Thanksgiving. The objective of this lesson is to learn why the author says that the story we know becomes the story we need to know.
1) Role play: Reenact the traditional story of the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock and the first Thanksgiving. What did the Pilgrims do in 1620? Why did they go to the New World? What document did they sign? Who did they befriend? What did the Indians teach the Pilgrims? What did they celebrate together? Why would the author say this is the story we know?
2) Class discussion: How many years of peace did the Pilgrims and their children maintain with...
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