Happy Thanksgiving

maizHola a todas y todos,

I’m dropping in to say Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Vamos a Leer and to share a few sources with you for dispelling myths during this holiday season.

We also encourage you to check out our Rethinking Thanksgiving tab on our blog for more posts and resources about Thanksgiving. Stay tuned for more Indigenous Peoples books next week!


~ Keira

WWW: Happy Holiday Weekend!

¡Feliz viernes a todos!

Vamos a Leer | WWW: Happy Holiday Weekend

Thanks for reading this week! I’m here just briefly to wish everyone a happy, safe, and fun holiday weekend! Good luck to any of you brave souls venturing out into the sales world!  I’ll be back the Friday after next since our Sobre Diciembre (eek, I know, December is on the horizon!) post will come out next week!

With warmest wishes,


Image: Photo of Bulldog Waiting for Turkey. Reprinted from Flickr user Jodi under CC ©.


¡Mira, Look!: Rethinking Thanksgiving

This photo is courtesy of Flickr user jpstanley.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user jpstanley.

As the weather gets cooler and the holidays draw near, it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. Specifically, how will we discuss it in our classrooms this year? Traditionally, conversation on Thanksgiving has been about the hardships of the Pilgrims, their trusty pals the Indians, and how, at harvest time (in November in Massachusetts? Yea right!), they all sat down for a peaceful, tasty meal. Now, we know that this is not the true version of events, and that the story of Native American interactions with newly-arrived Europeans is much more involved than that. So how can we communicate this with our students? Should we communicate this to our students?

For this week’s post, we are going to take a look at a resource for educators (well, it’s technically addressed to parents, but the content is equally relevant to teachers). We will be looking at Michael Dorris’ “Why I’m Not Thankful for Thanksgiving.” This article was published on behalf of Rethinking Schools and is available in its entirety for free on their website. Continue reading

WWW: Plimoth Plantation – Thanksgiving Interactive

Holidays in schools often present a culturally and historically skewed version of the past. While Thanksgiving is embraced as an opportunity to cut out construction paper headdresses and host a classroom potluck, it could be a legitimate opportunity for learning about culture, competing viewpoints, and the process of constructing history.

To this end, the Plimoth Plantation offers “Thanksgiving Interactive: You are the Historian,” an excellent interactive online resource and accompanying teacher’s guide. The online resource frames Thanksgiving as the historical offshoot of the 1621 harvest festival that was attended by English colonists and the Wampanoag People. The resource and guide were created through the collaboration of teachers, historians, and members of the Wampanoag community. Continue reading