The Real Story of Thanksgiving: Project for High School

Thanksgiving is a good opportunity for reflection. This thought-provoking high school project encourages students to consider the well-known Thanksgiving story from a Native American perspective. It includes everything you need to get started — lesson plan, teaching guide, and student worksheets.

Explore the significance of annual times of harvest in the Wampanoag and Pilgrim cultures by comparing and contrasting the ways in which these holidays were observed. Use the lesson plan, worksheets, and Thanksgiving activities for meaningful and thought-provoking lessons on the first Thanksgiving.

The goal of this project is to deconstruct the story of the first Thanksgiving and reframe it from a Native American perspective. This lesson is designed for use with upper-division high school students, but it can be modified for earlier grade levels, as well as college-level curriculum use.