Experience a study of Thanksgiving in the Emergent Curriculum course
Immerse yourself in a study of Thanksgiving in order to learn how to create curriculum that is interdisciplinary, rigorous, socially just, and culturally relevant. Take a day trip to Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, MA, to see how the 17th century Wampanoag and English Pilgrims lived, and visit an exhibit devoted to perceptions and stereotypes of Thanksgiving. Research perspectives on this National Holiday from the past and present and participate in a class debate. Experience hands-on activities that show connections between the two cultures studied, such as cooking, corn husk dolls, and quilting. Look over an extensive bibliography of teacher resources and children’s books. Begin to understand the importance of multiple-entry points in a crafted curriculum. See the potential of additional curricular studies that can emerge if one is attuned to children’s interests and open to possibilities!