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A reading lesson on the pilgrims.
 

COMING TO AMERICA:
A PILGRIM STORY LESSON

 

A reading comprehension lesson on the history of the Pilgrims in England, their voyage on the Mayflower to America, their harsh first months, and the first Thanksgiving celebration. Includes printable teaching lesson worksheet.

 

Suggested Grades:

3rd Grade - 4th Grade - 5th Grade

 

 

Teaching Objectives:

By completing this lesson, students will be able to demonstrate their reading comprehension skills, including reading strategies, inference, literal meaning, and critical analysis.

 

Teachers -- Use this passage to test your student's reading comprehension understanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMING TO AMERICA: A PILGRIM STORY

 

Directions:

Print the Coming to America: A Pilgrim Story reading comprehension passage and questions (see below).

 

Students should read the story silently, then answer the questions about the story that follow.

 

Excerpt from passage

In the 1500's in England there was a group of people that were called Separatists, because of their religious beliefs. At the time, King Henry VIII of England had created his own church and religion called the Church of England. The reason for this separation was mainly due to the fact that England, originally made up of Roman Catholic citizens, did not allow a man to marry multiple times unless he was a widow.

 

King Henry VIII had six wives. Two of his wives he divorced, two were executed, one died, and one became a widow with the King's death. The Catholic Church did not approve of anyone, especially a King, marrying and divorcing so many times so Henry created the Church of England which is very much like the Roman Catholic Church except it allows for divorce.


The Separatists were known for their opposition to the Church of England. They did not want the Catholic Church back, but they did not believe the Church of England had truly separated from the Roman Catholic Church. The beliefs between these two churches were so similar that it had seemed pointless to break away to begin with.


The Separatists were not well received within England. They were persecuted (hunted with the intent of harming) for their beliefs. So, the leader of the Separatist movement, William Bradford, decided they were going to leave England. Their new settlement would be in a place that allowed them to practice their religion however they wanted. This group would become known as the Pilgrims. The term pilgrim means someone who will travel a great distance to attain religious freedom. (continued)

 

 

 

LESSON PRINTABLES

Coming to America: A Pilgrim Story

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 Includes reading comprehension passage, questions, and answers.

 

 

 

 

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