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Leveled Close Reading Lessons About the Origins of Thanksgiving

It's that time of year again. Pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, and football. But as most adults know, the myth of Thanksgiving differs quite a bit from actual story. This year, we're asking teachers to engage their students in a discussion or debate about the origins of Thanksgiving using ThinkCERCA's free close reading lessons that dig into the details of the first Harvest Celebration. Ask your class to #CERCAitout by supporting their Claims with Evidence from the following leveled texts.

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How Thanksgiving Became a Holiday
What were the steps necessary for Sarah Josepha Hale to successfully make Thanksgiving a national holiday?
Grades 3-5
CCSS.CCRA.R.3
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Harvest Celebration
How did the tradition of American Thanksgiving become what it is today?
Grades 9-10
CCSS.CCRA.R.8
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Talking Turkey About the Real First Thanksgiving
How did common Thanksgiving misconceptions begin and why do they continue today?
Grades 11-12
CCSS.CCRA.R.5
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