Our Stories, Values and Traditions: Tall Tales and the Thanksgiving Story

Heather Simpson, Grades 1-3, Chantilly Montessori

Final Unit(pdf)   Implementing Teaching Standards(pdf)


In this unit students will explore tall tales and the Thanksgiving Story from a historical perspective in order to gain an understanding of the relationship between stories we tell about our past, the values they represent and how these connect with traditions to form part of our national identity.  Students will practice critical thinking throughout the unit as they consider source validity and perspective, compare both fiction and nonfiction readings to primary sources, develop an understanding of how historical events impact national identity and consider the values implied by modern stories and traditions.  These abstract ideas are accessed through children’s literature, providing additional opportunities to integrate reading comprehension activities.