The Courtship of Miles Standish

Teacher Guide and Poem


Teach Christian Character This Thanksgiving

A complete curriculum on the character and providential history of the Pilgrims through a literature classic. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s narrative poem, with the themes of friendship, honor, and courtship, is an excellent model of character for young people through the captivating power of story in verse. Illustrated.

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Everyone loves stories, and telling stories is one of the most powerful ways to teach. It was the teaching method modeled by Jesus throughout the Gospels and proved to be one of the most instructive ways He mentored the disciples.

The Thanksgiving season is the opportune time to teach the much-loved Christian history classic, The Courtship of Miles Standish. This story, related in poetry, takes place in the Plymouth Colony around 1620 when the Pilgrims were struggling to survive during those early years of sacrifice. It is filled with ideals that delight, instruct, and indelibly imprint on the heart a love of the Pilgrims. At one time, this story was taught as part of every curriculum, when God was honored in our schools.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of the most loved and recited American poets, based his poem upon well-known tradition. Longfellow was a direct descendent of the Pilgrim John Alden.

Each canto overflows with the beauty of tried and proven Christian character and is filled with Biblical imagery. Teaching and learning this masterpiece of literature and poetry using the Teacher Guide will help students by:

      1. Building the habit of scholarship
      2. Encouraging a lifelong love of poetry
      3. Affirming the value and inspiration of the Bible
      4. Building Biblical reasoning
      5. Cultivating an elevated vocabulary
      6. Inspiring student writing
      7. Inspiring art work using Longfellow’s rich setting descriptions
      8. Inspiring musical compositions and lyrics
      9. Inspiring the writing and production of a dramatic presentation of the Pilgrims

This Thanksgiving season introduce your students and your family to one of the most cherished and instructive episodes in America’s Christian history. Bless your family with the incomparable story from our legacy of Christian character and God’s providence.

The Courtship of Miles Standish Teacher Guide and Poem: The Puritan Pastoral, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. For use in the Principle Approach, Teaching and Learning of America’s Christian History through Literature. Includes preparation for teaching the poem, biographical and historical background, study guide for teaching the poem, including leading questions, themes, suggestions for composition writing and artwork, references, and the complete poem. Also included are pages for reproduction for student use and notebooks.

The Teacher Guide gives detailed instruction in the historic notebook method of study, analyzing the literary elements of the poem toward the love of this literature. Through this story the Pilgrims step out of their tired black-and-white stereotype to become living-color companions whose moral strength and courage create lifelong impressions on the reader. The full poem is illustrated with numbered lines for reading aloud.

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Dimensions8.5 × 11 × 0.4 in

84 pages, illustrated


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