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Background For Teachers:
The full story of Thanksgiving can also give students in Utah perspective. How does Utah’s story of
settlers seeking religious freedom also turn to violence within one generation?
Make a classroom list of results. (These may be recorded individually on a KWL sheet.)
Provide each student with a copy of the Winslow letter. Explain that this is one of the only documents from that time to support our stories of the first Thanksgiving. Discuss as a class how much of the “mythology of Thanksgiving” was created long after that time.
Provide students with the State of Affairs page and a sheet of 11x17 copy paper.
Have students create a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the myth of Thanksgiving with what we have come to understand about that time. This may be class work or homework.
Screen the We Shall Remain clips describing the American Indian perspective of Mormon settlement.
Allow the students to take notes. On the other side of their Venn diagram, have students compare and
contrast the story of Mormon settlement they are most familiar with to the story told in the films.
They may want to use their Utah history textbooks as a resource. (This may be class work or homework.)
Grace, Catherine O'Neill, and Margaret M. Bruchac, with Plimouth Plantation. 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2004.
Mann, Charles C. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus. New York: Vintage Books. 2005.
Taylor, Alan. American Colonies: The Settling of North America. New York: Penguin Books.
The University of Utah's American West Center (AWC) produced the curriculum materials in consultation with the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, Utah State Office of Education, KUED 7, and the Goshute, Northwestern Band of the Shoshone, Southern Paiute, and Ute nations.
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