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Historic Realities of Thanksgiving - Certified Teacher With a US History Degree

This class will challenge some of the myths surrounding the traditional story of the first Thanksgiving.
Bjorn Carlson
21 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 20 learners
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35 minute class

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will learn about who was actually on the Mayflower, about the Indigenous people that interacted with the Plymouth settlers, and how we developed the North American tradition of Thanksgiving that we know today.
I am a certified teacher with more than a decade of classroom teaching experience.  I have a Bachelor of Arts in History, with an emphasis in early American history.  I have a Master of Arts in Teaching.
There will be no homework for this class.
Just bring an open mind and a willingness to change what you already know!
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
There will be no assessment involved with this class.
35 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Topics in this class will challenge many of the stereotypes and misconceptions that many people think of surrounding the first Thanksgiving.  We will discuss current and correct terminology for Indigenous populations, as well as proper European settler terminology.  We will move beyond the Eurocentric story, to one inclusive of the Indigenous perspective as well.  Some topics may be difficult for sensitive learners, including the negative effects of land theft, genocide, massacres, disease, death, and violent colonization by European settlers.


Bjorn Carlson
Lives in the United States
Certified teacher with more than a decade of classroom experience!
21 total reviews
54 completed classes

About Me

Hello!  I'm a certified teacher with more than a decade of experience.  I've taught every grade from Pre-K through 12, and in a wide variety of subjects.  

I am certified as Highly Qualified in the following areas:
-Social Studies
-World & US... 
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