Plymouth Colony

Read about the tumultuous beginning to the United States with an informational text passage about Colonial America. As young researchers peruse an article about the arrival of the Mayflower, the settlers' relationship to the neighboring Native American tribes, and the first Thanksgiving, they answer a series of multiple choice and short answer questions about the information in the selection.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use to assess informational reading skills in language arts
  • Bring to a unit on the first Thanksgiving, or when studying the Puritans in social studies
  • Encourage learners to choose one short response to expand into a larger analytic essay with additional research
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson corresponds with a short video about the Plymouth Colony, which is attached
  • Designed for high schoolers, but applicable to middle school as well
Pros

  • Accesses multiple reading skills, rather than simple comprehension
  • Encourages learners to collect relevant evidence and to refer to the text when necessary
  • Includes an answer key
Cons

  • None