Our Mayflower Compact lesson plan introduces students to the Mayflower Compact, which many historians believe is the precursor to the Declaration of Independence and the first document establishing democracy in the world. The lesson includes a summary of the Pilgrims trip on the Mayflower from Europe to the New World as well. During this lesson, students are asked to work with a partner to discuss and analyze specific passages from the Mayflower Compact, using their reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. Students are also asked to match terms to their correct definitions in order to demonstrate their understanding of the lesson vocabulary.
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define the Mayflower Compact, explain its purpose and its future impact on democracy in the United States.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10