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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. [...] »

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 [...] »

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

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

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

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

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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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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