Molly’s Pilgrim Project -1st Steps into understanding immigration and the cultures that make up America

On Tuesday, after a day off to celebrate veterans like my Mom and Dad for Veteran’s Day we are starting a project taken from the book, Molly’s Pilgrim.

Molly's Pilgrim A Guide for Using Molly's Pilgrim in the Classroom Molly Y Los Peregrinos/Molly's Pilgrim Molly's Pilgrim

All from Amazon……you can find the book in any good library.

Some use the story Molly’s Pilgrim as a basis to re-make or re-create the original Mayflower and Plymouth community as it “might have been” long ago. To show this gathering that gave thanks for SURVIVAL. Here is an awesome book to help do that…

Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl

Sarah Morton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl (Paperback)

Tapenum's Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy In Pilgrim Times

Tapenum’s Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy In Pilgrim Times (Hardcover)
by Kate Waters (Author), Russ Kendall (Illustrator)

Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy

Samuel Eaton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy (Paperback)
by Kate Waters (Author), Russ Kendall (Illustrator)

A New Look at a Pilgrim Village

Mayflower 1620: A New Look at a Pilgrim Village (Hardcover)
by Catherine O’Neill Grace (Author), Peter Arenstam (Author), John Kemp (Author), Plimoth Plantation (Author)

A Pilgrim Book of Food and Manners

Eating the Plates: A Pilgrim Book of Food and Manners (Paperback)
by Lucille Recht Penner (Author)

All of those books are fantastic. There are so many fantastic books…..

In the Molly’s Pilgrim story a little girl, immigrant from Russia into a 3rd grade, is struggling with her acceptance in a public school. She sees a “reality” where the new “freedom” of this country doesn’t feel so free or accepting. She is asked with the students to make a doll from a clothespin that can inhabit the village. A “Pilgrim”, I think other students are being assigned “Native American” dolls. Molly takes this project home and her mother makes a beautiful Russian doll. They have come from Russia seeking a safer and fairer way here. Bringing with them their roots. Molly is afraid the children will reject the doll, it isn’t dressed as a “Pilgrim.” The story resolves, and this is the ending…..with the realization she is the true exemplification of a pilgrim.

All this said here are some samples I’m making….the children will look here to see some ideas. They will be making with me and at home their dolls. we are going to build a “community.”

 

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So let’s look at some of these dolls…you start with a clothespin.

 

 

 

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You can find them at the craft store.

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It helps to get a pattern or model you are trying to create.

You need fabric, these pieces come a fabric shop.

 

 

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First you make the head. I use a glue gun to put on the hair and a sharpie for the face.

 

 

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Now the clothes.

 

 

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There are lots of different places people come from.

 

 

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Remember ……a starting place can come from a website or book..or family photo from the past.

 

 

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Then they have these clothespins and stands. The stands help so much…

 

 

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Material

 

 

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Hair and supplies….

 

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Then cut your fabrics and dress your dolls..

 

 

Here are some from today…

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A Troy Polamalu…Samoan?

 

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A Native America Princess, that my daughter will not give a face

 

 

 

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This is MY RUSSIAN Babushka

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A Pilgrim woman

A growing group, very hard to photograph….

Grandmotha

This is “watermelon man” from my son..doing a jazz number


French Dancer

More to come……

This IS NOT LADY GODIVA….it is embarrassing.

She is Santa Lucia, whom I portrayed as a 4th grader.

And this is an immigrant from…..well….Milan?

I call this a Lennon Ono switched couple…….

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