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How do your students understand Thanksgiving? Where do their views on the holiday come from? In this lesson plan, students share what they've been taught about Thanksgiving, and then compare a set of very different modern viewpoints on the holiday. FIND OUT MORE »

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Explore what's known about early contact

Print, President Turkey, Nov. 26, 1902, J.S. Pughe, Library of Congress

Historian Anne Blue Wills tells the story of Sarah Josepha Hale, a New England [...] »

Settlers at Jamestown, 1607

What were the primary concerns of English colonists in early 17th-century [...] »

Negative, [Woman wearing native american clothing. . . ], 1923, LoC

When the resources readily available to you are just not comprehensive enough. [...] »

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Teaching Resources

Adopt strategies for analyzing the holiday

Photo, Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast-9, Barrett Web Coordinator, Flickr

How do you broach the complicated issues surrounding Thanksgiving with early [...] »

Gelatin silver print, Grass seed plants being examined, 1960, Flickr Commons

Case studies grab attention, but how can you be sure you're also teaching the [...] »

Photography, Native Americans with bicycle, 1938 or 1939, Harris & Ewing, LOC

Discover the influence popular culture and dominant narratives can have on your [...] »

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Test your Thanksgiving knowledge!

Magazine cover, Harper's Bazaar--Thanksgiving 1894, 1894, Louis Rhead, LoC

Thanksgiving—how much do you know about the history of this popular [...] »

Postcard, Thanksgiving day, 1907, Raphael Tuck and Sons, NYPL

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Postcard, 1910, Ault & Wiborg Printing Ink Company

How many turkeys have presidents pardoned? [...] »

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