Of Plymouth Plantation and “Women _ Children First”

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					         Of Plymouth Plantation and “Women & Children First”

Part 1: Primary vs. Secondary Sources

When researching, it is crucial to know the difference between primary and secondary
sources. Primary sources were written at the time of the event by someone involved with
it, and offer direct, firsthand knowledge. Secondary sources were written some time after
the event, by an outsider, and give indirect, secondhand knowledge. Using the chart
below, analyze the effects created by each source.

     Source           Purpose         Point of View          Tone               Style
Of Plymouth
Plantation




“Women and
Children First”




Part 2: What’s in a Name?
By reading “Women and Children First,” we learn that the Pilgrims used many different
sources for naming their children: traditional English names, Biblical names, and names
intended to remind them of their religious duties. Place all of the names you find in the
correct places in the chart:

     Traditional English                 Biblical                      Reminders




Part 3: Timeline
Make a list of the events that occurred during “Women and Children First” from
September 1620 to March 1621. On the back of this sheet, create a timeline listing all the
events in order.

				
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