In my stash of resources, I found a simple, illustrated “First Thanksgiving” story from Parents Magazine, November 2003. By reading and sketching out this story, my students could (gasp) retell me about the first Thanksgiving.
I began by drawing the Mayflower and labeling it with the word “May” and a picture of a flower. On this ship were tiny stick figures labeled with drawings of “pill”s + grim. The ship was about to hit a rock.
Simple picture cues can be so helpful both for readers and non-readers. Try illustrating an event in history in 3-4 picture sequences and have your children retell the story. See what happens!