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    The Mayflower Compact

    The Mayflower Compact


    This resource is a Social Studies student activity that utilizes Utah's Online Library resources - specifically, Gale's Kids Infobits and EBSCO's Explora Elementary to help students learn about The Mayflower Compact. 

    About Utah’s Online Library

    Utah's Online Library provides Utah educators and students free access to high-quality reference collections such as EBSCO, Gale Reference Collection, World Book, eMedia, and LearningExpress Library.

    This activity was designed to help educators utilize this amazing resource in their classrooms.

    Note: Utah educators and students visiting Utah's Online Library from a school computer should be automatically authenticated. When at home, students must use the home access login that their teacher or school media specialist can provide. Utah educators can use either their my.uen login or the home access login.


    Essential Question: How did the Mayflower Compact help the Pilgrims establish their colony?

    Why are rules important to the success of a classroom, a colony, a state, or a country? How can communities or classrooms or countries work together cooperatively to accomplish goals? The Mayflower arrived at the coast of what is now Massachusetts in early November of 1620. Before the ship's passengers ever went ashore, they developed a document known as the Mayflower Compact.

    A compact is a set of rules and formal agreements and goals. The Mayflower Compact established rules and a plan to govern the new colony. How and why are compacts important for a new society? How did the Mayflower Compact influence later American documents such as the U.S. Constitution?

    Have your students find out more about the Mayflower Compact.

    Gale's Kids Infobits has excerpts from 7 books about the Mayflower Compact. All of the information is from books written specifically for young readers with appropriate reading levels. It also has 2 image recreations of the signing of the compact.

    EBSCO's Explora Elementary has magazine articles, encyclopedic information, and even a reader's theater-- all about the Mayflower Compact.

    Using what they have discovered about the Mayflower compact, have your students develop a Classroom Compact.

    Some of the individuals who signed the Mayflower Compact were John Carver, Edward Tilley, Degory Priest, William Bradford, John Tilley, Thomas Williams, Edward Winslow, Francis Cooke, Gilbert Winslow, William Brewster, Thomas Rogers, and Myles Standish. Why did no women sign the compact? Have your students choose one of the signers of the compact and use Utah's Online Library to find out more information about him and any later contribution that he may have made to Plymouth Colony.


    Curriculum Connections:

    Social Studies - 5th Grade