KEY IDEAS • The Pilgrims faced many challenges in America. • The Wampanoag helped the Pilgrims survive in their new home. • The Wampanoag and Pilgrims celebrated the harvest with a feast of thanksgiving. • The Pilgrims worked hard, and Plimoth Colony grew. LESSON PREVIEW Activator Create a Colonial Government See Student Guide page 47. Divide the class into pairs or small groups and tell students to imagine that they have been asked to establish a new colony for England. They have already agreed to come up with a plan for government (see Mayflower Compact). Now they need to make the plan. Have them fill out the “Create a Colonial Government” page in the Student Guide. Then meet to discuss their plans as a class. Ask your students why a colony needs a government. What are some good ideas for governing a colony? How can your students improve their constitutions (plans for governing)? Point out that not only states, but also our entire country have constitutions today. What would happen if a state or country’s government did not have a constitution? Why does a town need a plan for governing, too? Why are laws and courts an important part of government? Ask students for examples of rules in their lives, e.g., at home, at school, and on sports teams. How are these rules helpful? What would it be like not to have them? Introduce Key Terms Please introduce the Key Terms using examples, artwork, charades, analogies, or whatever strategies best suit you and your class. After reading and discussing the lesson, students will complete a Key Terms Activity in the Student Guide to reinforce their understanding. challenge: a kind of test; something that stands in a person’s way and requires hard work cooperate: to work together for the good of all defend: to protect, to fight off an attacker interpreter: a person who changes words from one language into another language to help people understand each other population: the number of people living in a particular place slave: someone who is forced to work for someone else without pay Challenges in a New Land CHAPTER 3, LESSON 2
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