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Thanksgiving

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 »

Learning Resources

Explore what's known about early contact

Screencap, The Origins of Thanksgiving

Introduce your students to the history of Thanksgiving with this short video. [...] »

Photo, Famous People 1, Dec. 5, 2008, prayingmother, Flickr

Historians dispute the date of the first Thanksgiving. Is there a definite time [...] »

print, Landing of Governor Wintrop at Salem, 1850, NYPL Digital Gallery

Historians often consider Puritan New England a model for the development of [...] »

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Teaching Resources

Adopt strategies for analyzing the holiday

Photo, George Washington, August 26, 2008, cliff1066tm, Flickr

Can students learn history through themes that don’t fit the usual approach to [...] »

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 [...] »

Print, Bringing in the Teddy-turk, Nov. 18, 1908, Udo J. Keppler, Puck, LoC

Prepare for Thanksgiving with our spotlight page on the holiday! [...] »

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Quizzes

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

What traditional Thanksgiving foods would have been hard to come by during WWII? [...] »

Postcard, 1910, Ault & Wiborg Printing Ink Company

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

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