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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

Screencap, Sarah Josepha Hale's Crusade for Thanksgiving

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

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

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

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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Test your Thanksgiving knowledge!

Postcard, 1910, Ault & Wiborg Printing Ink Company

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

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

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

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

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

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