Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Classwork: 11/12-11/13

Here's a list of common claims about the "First Thanksgiving" (adapted from

Common Claims about the "First Thanksgiving" 
The Wampanoag brought popcorn to the first Thanksgiving feast. 
The First Official Thanksgiving took place near Plymouth Rock in 1621. 
The Native Americans the Pilgrims encountered lived in tipis and traveled on horseback.
The Native Americans wore elaborate head dresses with many feathers. 
The Pilgrims shared pumpkin pie, corn on the cob, and sweet potatoes (or yams) with the Wampanoag. 
The harvest feast celebrated by Pilgrims and Wampanoags in the fall of 1621 was the first of its kind in the Americas.

DIRECTIONS: Choose 5 of the 6 claims about the First Thanksgiving to research. Investigate whether the claim is truth or myth. For each of the 5 claims, write a paragraph and explain: 1). What about the claim is true? 2). What about the claim is myth? 3). Is the claim mostly a myth or truth? Share your work with me as a Google Doc: Due end of day Monday, 11/16.

These sites will be useful, although you are free to use any others you find:

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Classwork: 11/5-6

Please create a Google Doc and do A, B and C below:

A). Choose one of the following questions and respond in character (as Odd, Buddy or Sook). Your response should include details from the film "The Thanksgiving Visitor" and should be 150 words, minimum.

1). Odd, why are you so mean?
2). Buddy, why don't you tell a teacher about the bullying?
3). Sook, why don't other people care about your opinions?

B). Choose one of the following "starters" and write a paragraph in response. Be sure to include specific details from the film (100 words min.)

This reminds me of…

I still don’t understand….

I like the part where..., because….

At first I thought…, but then…

______ made me think about ______, because….

Based on the film, and what I know, I think ________...

C). During Thanksgiving dinner, Buddy accuses Odd of stealing Sook's cameo. Predict what happens next. Be sure to include specific details from the story to support your ideas. (100 words, minimum).