Lesson Plan : Thanksgiving True History

Teacher Name:
 Tanya Winters
Grade:
 Grade 7-8
Subject:
 Social Studies

Topic:
 The true history of Thanksgiving
Content:
 History of thanksgiving Key terms: Native Americans, Pilgrims
Goals:
 Students will be aware of the discrepancy between the true history of Thanksgiving and the traditional history.
Objectives:
 1.Students will be able to list some aspects of both the traditional thanksgiving story as well as the factual thanksgiving. 2.Students should be able to name the tribe of native americans that shared the feast with the pigrims. 3.Students will be able to compare similar celebrations from other cultures. 4. Students will understand some aspects of the environmental impact made by both the natvives and the pilgrims.
Materials:
 Students will need paper and pens for note taking as well as computer access for internet research. Teacher will bring in some replicas of items that would have been used at the time of the first thanksgiving.
Introduction:
 Teacher will ask questions about what students already know about thanksgiving.
Development:
 teacher will gradually introduce the idea that some of our traditions do not mimic the original event while assigning student essays. At next meeting after essays have been completed, teacher will begin lecture on aspects of thankgiving as it relates to our culture, how it became a national holiday, and compare our "harvest feast" (thanksgiving) to those celebrated by other cultures, and explain the methods of farming used by both groups and discuss the impact that each had on the environment.
Accommodations:
 Some students may need accommodations depending on IEP.
Checking For Understanding:
 Teacher will ask questions and encourage student interaction to evaluate understanding.
Closure:
 lesson will close with a review session in which the students will first have an opportunity to ask questions, then the teacher will ask questions to help reaffirm understanding while looking for student competency.
Evaluation:
 Student understanding will be evaluated by review of essay and a formal exam following course of the lesson.

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