Rediscovering Thanksgiving: Fact vs. Fiction

Lesson 23


Unit 2

3rd Grade

Lesson 23 of 24


Students will research, draft, illustrate, and create books to teach younger students about the real story of the First Thanksgiving. 

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Writing Prompt

You’ve been asked to research and write a children’s book about the true story of the first Thanksgiving. Reference all the books and articles from the unit as a guide.

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Common Core Standards

  • L.3.2.a — Capitalize appropriate words in titles.
  • RI.3.3 — Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
  • RI.3.6 — Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.
  • RI.3.9 — Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
  • W.3.2 — Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • W.3.2.a — Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.
  • W.3.7 — Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
  • W.3.8 — Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

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