The First Thanksgiving

Interactive Rubric

To answer the question correctly, students must notice both the date of the event (1621) and the date of the painting (1932) and understand that the intervening time makes it a less useful source for a historian trying to learn about the first Thanksgiving.

Level Description

Student explains why the time gap limits the reliability of the source as evidence of what happened at the first Thanksgiving.


Student evaluates reliability of source but does not fully explain the problems caused by the gap in time. 


Student does not recognize the gap in time and instead takes the painting at face value or provides an irrelevant response.