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Pilgrims and the Mayflower


This Jackdaw is the appropriate reading level for upper elementary, middle school and high school students reading below grade level. It contains the same, ready-to-use, hands-on historical documents as the original, upper-level Jackdaw; most of the documents are actual-size replicas. The fully reproducible Broadsheets provide historical background for understanding the documents.

The striking contrast between the Pilgrim’s story as taught in schools and the true-life adventure of persecution, a harrowing voyage, and a desperate struggle to survive will capture your students interest. An Admiralty appraisal of the ship, Mayflower, a suggested list of provisions for the would-be-settlers to bring from England, and a contemporary account of the landing in New England provide vivid details. Historian: Richard Tames, adapted by Muriel L. Dubois. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:

  • To Dwell Among Crystal Rivers
  • Sixty-Six Days
  • Why Settle in the Wilderness?
  • The New Colony
Timeline: The Mayflower Pilgrims, 1492-1622 Historical Documents
  • Booklet: The Pilgrims and Their England.
  • The Pilgrims’ request to settle in Leyden, 1609
  • Hubbard map: first map of New England from the New World, 1677.
  • The Plimoth Patent granted by King James I to the settlers, 1621.
  • Pages from ... Proceedings of the Plantation Settled at Plimoth in New England, 1622.
  • Pages from Good Newes from New England by Edward Winslow, 1624.
  • List of provisions settlers were advised to bring from England, 1630.
  • Extracts from William Bradford’s A History of Plimoth Plantation.
  • An appraisal of the Mayflower, 1624.
Study Guide / Lesson Plan – Reproducible Activities

Price: $69.50



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