One Forty-Five to Fifty Minute Class Period
The learner will:
Copy of the Mayflower Compact (Attachment One)
Tell the students they are explorers in a foreign land. Ask what they will need in this unexplored wilderness. How will they get it? Who will get it? Who is going to decide what needs to be done? All of these questions and more were on the minds of the Pilgrims as they landed at their new home. The "Mayflower Compact" was a document created to help solve some of these problems.
The students will write a three-paragraph summary explaining how they interpreted the document. It may contain some connections to present day society while associating with the impact on the Pilgrims. Content is the only concern for this lesson. A further assessment may be made using the writing style. A picture that would demonstrate one concept found in the Mayflower Compact may be used as an alternate assessment.
Web site for the Mayflower Compact document:
Lesson Developed By:Pamela McIntosh
In the name of God, Amen:
We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord, King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, etc.
Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern Parts of Virginia:
Do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and of one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the aforesaid Ends;
And by Virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the General good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience.
In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the 11th of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, King James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini, 1620.
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