This Primary Source Set is designed to help students explore why the Pilgrims emigrated to America and the difficulties they encountered during and after their journey.
Target Grades & Subject(s): Grades 4-8; Social Studies/History
- Students will cite evidence from the Mayflower Compact and the letter from Edward Winslow to describe the convictions of the Pilgrims and the circumstances leading to the “First Thanksgiving.” (CCSS RH.2)
- Students will understand the reasons for the Pilgrims’ emigration to America and the difficulties they encountered and overcame during the journey. (CCSS RH.1)
Before Teaching this Set
- Prior to analyzing the sources in this set, students should have some familiarity with European exploration during the Age of Discovery (15th - 18th century). Ask students to brainstorm possible reasons for why settlers might decide to move to the New World. Continue adding to this list as students learn about the Pilgrims while reading the texts in this set.
- Remind students of the difference between primary and secondary sources.
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