Lesson Plan

Sourcing a Document: The First Thanksgiving

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How reliable is a painting of the first Thanksgiving if it was created 300 years after the fact? Learners assess the validity of a primary source image to determine what it can actually reveal about this event. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • The resource suggests extending the skill of sourcing a document using other primary sources. Consider finding more and jigsawing this as a class, or asking students to find examples
  • Links are provided to the resources needed, and you can also find them in the Included Materials section 
  • Full-color image of the painting is on page 4
  • None
Common Core