The story of the Mayflower voyage and the early days of the Plymouth Colony are fascinating and predominant in the culture of the United States. Three different accounts and journals exist, along with the logs of the Mayflower and the Speedwell. This is a rich source for student exploration as history detectives in using primary source materials, albeit one-sided. Students select one of the people who traveled on the voyage to the New World in 1620, and research, using primary source materials (and other books that you may provide) what happened to them during the trip and the first year at the settlement. They then relate their experiences by writing a journal, relation, or diary of the events speaking as the person they represent. It is an exciting and authentic way to learn about the early origins of the United States.
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Four posters depicts the Mayflower as many historians believe it existed. They can be stapled on top of each other to give the illusion that students are looking into the ship, displayed separately on your classroom walls, or placed in your research center. The posters are 11X17 and can be printed using a standard printer, or a large format printer.
Students select a member of the Mayflower voyage, and research the incidents of that person's life during the voyage and the first year in New England.
32 cards retell events from the voyage of the Mayflower in 1620 through the words of a child. These observations are paired with quotations from William Bradford's journal describing the events--original language, spelling, and punctuation. They are a great way to introduce the difference between primary and secondary source material, and will definitely spice up your study of the Pilgrims.
Literacy through Art, Science, & Social Studies
Beautiful images by famous artists inspired by the voyage, arrival, and celebrations of the people of the Mayflower. Download them for free!