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.
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.
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