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Reconsidering the myth
Activity 1

Reconsidering the myth

Group 1: The truth about Thanksgiving

Group 2: Do the Native Americans celebrate Thanksgiving?

“Native American Harvest Feasts Before Thanksgiving”, Patty Inglish HS,, 2018.

It is the Harvest Feast Days that some non-Native persons may recognize as a type of Thanksgiving ceremony - they are centuries old and centuries older than those ceremonies of the early Scandinavians, Italians, Portuguese, Pilgrims, Puritans, Spaniards, Polish, Dutch, French, Acadians, Huguenots, English, Germans, and others who came and took land from the Indigenous peoples.[...] The native thankfulness for crops and months later for surviving the winter, all shown in Feast Days, is thousands of years old - 12,000 to 48,000 or more years old in America and part of these traditions came from East Asian countries from where Native North Americans migrated over time.

Today, these festivals of thanksgiving to the Great Spirit and to nature for crops and life are still celebrated in homes, at Pow Wows1 and on reservations. Many nations have thanked the Great Spirit for providing abundance after the first full moon of September.

“Native American Harvest Feasts Before Thanksgiving”, Patty Inglish HS,, 2018.

1. a social gathering organised by different Native American communities

Native American Harvest Feasts are celebrated each 
November, Heritage Month, since 1990.

Group 3: Thanksgiving, a national holiday

America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations, William J. Federer, 1994.

In as much as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes1 , and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game2 and the sea with fish and clams, and in as much as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence3 and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience.

Now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye4 Pilgrims, with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the daytime, on Thursday, November 29th , of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty three and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.

William Bradford Ye Governor of Ye Colony

America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations, William J. Federer, 1994.

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  • indigenous /ɪnˈdɪdʒɪnəs/ / native (adj.)
  • feast / festivity (n.)
  • heritage /ˈhɛrɪtɪdʒ/ / legacy (something that was inherited) (n.)
  • root (n.)
  • provide / give (v.)
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You are in charge of one document.

Workbook p. 108

What was the first Thanksgiving about?

What role did the Native Americans play? What about the Pilgrim Fathers?
Compare what you have learnt in your document with your own knowledge of Thanksgiving celebration.
Useful vocabulary: I’ve always been told that…
As for me, Thanksgiving was a… It seemed to me that…
It’s quite different from what I have learnt so far…
What I discovered here surprised me because…

Let's talk this out!

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Share your findings with your classmates and learn about the other documents.

What are the common points between your documents?

What strikes you? What do you think of this?

To what extent does today’s celebration reflect the historical reality?

Useful vocabulary: As far as I’m concerned, I think that…
What I find striking is… It is surprising to note that…
In the end, what seems to matter is...
After all, it looks as if the Native Americans….

Grammar in progress

Exprimer la cause

  • En français, on utilise la structure pour + avoir + participe passé alors qu’en anglais, on utilise V-ing.
    Ex : Thank you for having invited me. → Je te remercie de m’avoir invité(e).
    Ex : He was punished for having stolen in a shop. → Il a été puni pour avoir volé dans un magasin.
    Retrouvez deux exemples de cette structure dans le texte B.

  • On peut aussi utiliser because (of + nom) ou because / as / since + préposition.

  • Exercices p. 220 Précis grammatical p. 281

    Let's learn!

    Two truths and one lie

    Write three sentences about this double page. Two of these sentences must be true and one has to be a lie. Team up with one of your classmates and see if he or she can guess which sentence is the lie.

    Over to you!

    Podcast it!

    Let’s use what you have learnt in !

    As a junior journalist, you interview an expert of American history about Thanksgiving for a children’s program. Compare the traditional celebration of Thanksgiving to the historical reality.

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