Squanto: "Wrath of God" or "gift from God?"

Did you know that Tisquantum literally means “Wrath of God?” Doesn’t quite sound like the do-gooder Native American we have come to love and revere throughout history, does it? What if there’s another side to Squanto? One we gloss over in history books and Thanksgiving day pageants? This primary source analysis will not only help your students analyze, evaluate, compare, and think critically about ten different sources regarding our beloved Squanto; it will also help them realize that every “character” they learn about history is a complex individual with multiple motivations and outlooks.

This set includes ten carefully selected and edited sources, tailored with the teenager in mind. They are assembled in an easy to navigate packet with graphic organizers and helpful tips. It also includes a teacher’s packet with tips and ideas for you. I know time is a precious commodity, so I created this with the idea that you would be able to jump right in with minimal preparation. There is also a helpful PowerPoint presentation that guides you as you teach your students HOW to analyze primary sources and then walk through the first few sources with them, pointing out important facts and phrases along with helpful blurbs and tips for the teacher. I want you to be successful.

If you have purchased my popular “Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain?” or “Aztec Primary Source Analysis,” this set will build on the skills your students have already begun to learn. It is formatted and organized the same way.

Good luck and happy teaching! I hope you enjoy the lively debates that follow as you help your students engage with history, instead of just reading about it.

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Created: Oct 18, 2018

Updated: Jan 29, 2019

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