WELCOME TO “WHERE IN THE WORLD DID THE PILGRIMS LAND?”
This project is a fun way to get in touch with your past and to learn more about America, her people and the world we share with others. Who knows, you may win a trip to the spot where the Pilgrims first landed.
Once you decide to participate in WHERE Project, all you need to do is to determine with your class, family or club what kind of project you wish to create and consider the critical questions (below). Remember, when you finish your project, go to ENTER MY PROJECT to submit your creation. Below are some examples of project types you may wish to consider.
Work of Art: You and your team can decide to submit a collective or individual work of art depicting the Pilgrims, their journey, the landing, or some other aspect of the trip. You might decide to paint a seascape, the Mayflower on sail, or an abstract interpretation of The Pilgrims landing. Let you imagination soar.
Science Project: How do you determine weather patterns at sea in the year 1620? What would it take to navigate the ocean in a small ship like the Mayflower? How will settlements change the environment as the country grows and expands? Ask a scientific question and then solve the problem with a science project.
Essay, Poem, or News Story: Great literary works are created about magnificent voyages and the challenges of discovery. Gather with your group or write individually an essay, poetry, or a news story about WHERE the Pilgrims landed or an aspect of the voyage or proper historical representation of the people and places that make up the story.
Video or Photo: Enter by composing a unique video or photo or collection of photos that best describe your interpretation of the WHERE Project. Then submit your work online so everyone can see your creativity.
Remember, once you decide on your project, go to the ENTER MY PROJECT page and complete the form to ENTER. Your work will be displayed on the website in competition with others to win prizes.
The following are critical questions for students, groups, and clubs to consider when developing their WHERE project:
- What were the reasons for the Pilgrims’ emigration to America and what difficulties did they have to overcome during the journey?
- What scientific discoveries and facts made the Pilgrims’ journey to the New World possible?
- What was the Pilgrims’ intended destination when traveling to America, and why did they end up landing in Provincetown?
- What is the Mayflower Compact, and why was it created?
- Why did the Pilgrims draft the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor, and why was it important?
- What was the amount of time the Pilgrims stayed in Provincetown before moving on and settling in Plymouth?
- What challenges did the Pilgrims face once they landed in Provincetown and when they later settled nearby Plymouth?
- How did geography affect the development of the first settlement of the Pilgrims?
- How did the Pilgrim’s first landing in Provincetown and the signing of the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown become the framework for American democracy?
- What are some unique ways we can celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim’s first landing in Provincetown in the year 2020?
- What did the Pilgrims think about the Native People?
- What did the Native People people think of the Pilgrims?
- Why did the Pilgrims and the Native People enter into the Treaty of 1621?
- How did the Pilgrims describe the “First Thanksgiving”? How did the Native People describe the same event? Why would the narratives differ?