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    SUBJECTS — U.S./1629 - 1750;
    Age: 7 - 11; No MPAA Rating; Animated; 24 minutes; 1988; Color; Available from Amazon.com.

    Description:     The Peanuts characters become Pilgrims on the Mayflower and endure the first difficult winter on Plymouth Plantation.

    Benefits of the Movie: This short film will introduce children to the Pilgrims, their voyage on the Mayflower and the first year of the Plymouth Plantation.

    Children will enjoy this film even if they are not familiar with the Peanuts characters.

    Possible Problems: MINOR. This film perpetuates the inaccurate myth of the first Thanksgiving.

    Parenting Points:     Your child will be intrigued to learn that this cartoon has some relationship to real events. Review the Helpful Background section and talk about the Pilgrims. You will not be able to cover everything but do the best you can. Immediately after the movie, or at odd times over the next week (for example at the dinner table or in the car on the way to school) bring up some of the Discussion Questions, starting with the Quick Discussion Question in the sidebar. Don't worry if you can only get through a few questions. Just taking the film seriously and discussing it is the key. Allow your child to watch the movie several times and continue to ask and help him or her answer more discussion questions.


Benefits of the Movie
Possible Problems
Parenting Points
Selected Awards & Cast
Helpful Background
Discussion Questions:
      Subjects (Curriculum Topics)
      Social-Emotional Learning
      Moral-Ethical Emphasis
            (Character Counts)
Bridges to Reading
Links to the Internet
Assignments, Projects & Activities

    Selected Awards, Cast and Director:

      Selected Awards:  None.

      Featured Actors:  None.

      Director:  Evert Brown.
QUICK DISCUSSION QUESTION:   Why is religious freedom important?

Suggested Response: Respect for another person as a human being is the basis for religious freedom.

    Helpful Background:

    To enhance the educational value of this film, parents need only watch the film with their children and comment on two or three of the points. Some additional background is set out below.

    In England, at the time of the voyage of the Mayflower, the King was the head of the Church of England. It was considered treason to dissent from the views of the established church. To avoid the repressive policies of the English government, the Puritans first emigrated to Holland. While they were not persecuted in Holland, they could not prosper. In addition, the Puritans never intended to lose their English heritage. When they saw their children adopting Dutch ways and when they realized that they would never be able to advance economically in Holland, the Puritans decided to leave and try life in a different location.

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    Discussion Questions on Morality and Ethics Using The Six Pillars of Character

    Discussion Questions Relating to Ethical Issues will facilitate the use of this film to teach ethical principles and critical viewing. Additional questions are set out below.


    (Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule; Be tolerant of differences; Use good manners, not bad language; Be considerate of the feelings of others; Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone; Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements)

    1.  What does religious freedom have to do with respect?

    2.  Why is religious freedom important?

    3.  Why didn't the British government just leave the Puritans alone?

Teachwithmovies.com is a Character Counts "Six Pillars Partner" and uses The Six Pillars of Character to organize ethical principles.

Character Counts and the Six Pillars of Character are marks of the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition, a project of the Josephson Institute of Ethics.

MOVIES ON RELATED TOPICS: This film is part of a series entitled This is America Charlie Brown. Other films in the series include: The Birth of the Constitution, The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad, The Smithsonian and the Presidency, The Music and Heroes of America, The Great Inventors and The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk.

    Bridges to Reading: None.


    Bibliography: None.

    Last updated December 17, 2009.

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