The Truth About Thanksgiving
If you are new here, hi. We are Naomi and LaNesha and we are
passionate about honest and inclusive history in the PRIMARY grades.
We even wrote a book about it.
Please, please, please do better. If you are a teacher, literally
research Thanksgiving. What we teach is inaccurate and embarrassing at
this point. If you are a parent and you see this kind of activity
coming home… call. Dojo. Seesaw message. Email and tell them
absolutely not. We can and must do better, yes, even in kindergarten
with these inaccurate historical narratives that end up becoming truth
for so many people. What can you do instead? You can teach the truth.
Let us help.
We read an eBook that explains some of the major topics that surround
this holiday. There’s the history to consider, the National Day of
Mourning, and the legacy of Sarah Josepha Hale. It’s a very complex
history that shouldn’t be reduced to “Squanto, was the “nice Indian”
(suggesting that no one else was?) and they helped the white settlers
grow food.” Again, research. You’ll find that that feast of 1621 isn’t
what you were likely taught.
We follow the eBook up with some response activities. There are
discussion prompt cards, draw and respond sheets and note catchers.