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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, Sarah Josepha Hale's Crusade for Thanksgiving

What was one woman's part in making Thanksgiving a national holiday? [...] »

Coast Guard plane landed at Children's beach, 1926

MA educators—explore a historical moment (and accompanying primary source [...] »

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

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

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Teaching Resources

Adopt strategies for analyzing the holiday

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

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

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Quizzes

Test your Thanksgiving knowledge!

Postcard, 1910, Ault & Wiborg Printing Ink Company

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

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? [...] »

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