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Sorted by Categories: 1760s - 1820s

Title: An Account of the British Expedition on Lake Champlain View Details
Topic: American Revolution - Battle of Valcour Island  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

This lesson is designed to engage learners in an alternate (British) perspective of the Battle of Valcour Island.  Students should understand the American perspective of the battle, an account in which Benedict Arnold’s tactics are presented as masterful and heroic.  Students then will write an account of the battle from the perspective of their choice using the RAFT format.  Each student will select a Role, Audience, and Format to tell the story of the assigned Topic (Battle of Valcour Island). 

 

 
     
Title: And Justice for All View Details
Topic: Fifth Grade American History Curriculum  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Elementary  
Summary:

This fifth grade curriculum teaches students to recognize bias by exploring multiple perspectives and to think critically when assessing the access various groups and individuals have to freedom, justice, and equality. The era under study is the time when America was a colony, leading up to the Revolutionary War and the writing of the U.S. Constitution.

 
     
Title: Fort Montgomery - Not Forgotten View Details
Topic: American Revolution - Fort Montgomery  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

This web-quest will introduce students to Fort Montgomery, an historic place recently preserved, more than two centuries after it was "lost" in the American Revolution. Students will get to know a few of the characters that converged here in October of 1777, through primary and secondary sources, before writing parallel diaries of these pivotal days from multiple perspectives.

 
     
Title: Franklin Faces Parliament View Details
Topic: American Revolution- Ben Franklin Speaks to Parliament 1766  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

This lesson is designed for students with a clear understanding of the tension brewing in Colonial America prior to the Revolutionary War.  Students analyze the Stamp Act and Benjamin Franklin’s appeal to Parliament to better understand a variety of perspectives.

 
     
Title: Historical Avatars View Details
Topic: Pre-American Revolution  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

In this lesson, students create “avatars” for the pre-American Revolution era.  After learning about the time period and analyzing primary source documents from individuals with varying points of view, students create avatars to reflect various perspectives of groups and individuals living at that time. Students share their creations in an online classroom and exchange feedback.

 
     
Title: How Does Time, Place, & Social Class Make a Difference? View Details
Topic: The colonial era in US History: Conception of Modernity  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: High School  
Summary:

Students engage in activities and connect to primary resources that help to formulate an individual interpretation of the concept of modernity, a concept that endures over place and time.

 
     
Title: Letters from John and Abigail Adams View Details
Topic: American Revolution  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

Students learn about the Revolutionary War Era through reading letters as primary sources, including letters exchanged by John and Abigail Adams.  Students analyze Revolutionary War Era letters, engage in discussion from varied perspectives, and draft an original letter from the voice of John Adams. 

 
     
Title: Liberty to Enslaved People (Revolutionary War) View Details
Topic: American Revolution - Enslaved People  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

Students will read the novel Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson and an excerpt from A People’s History of the American Revolution in order to identify the choices available to enslaved people during the Revolutionary Era.  Students will then participate in a fishbowl discussion to further explore these options before writing a persuasive piece advocating for the best choice. 

 
     
Title: Making a Change: The Declaration of Independence View Details
Topic: American Revolution - Declaration of Independence  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

This lesson is designed to give students an opportunity to understand the structure and purpose of the Declaration of Independence, its importance to our country’s history, and its relevance today.

 
     
Title: Point of View as a Means for Understanding Events in the American Revolution View Details
Topic: Battle of Lexington - Perspective  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Elementary  
Summary:

This lesson is designed to provide students with the opportunity to consider alternate viewpoints of the Revolutionary War Battle of Lexington.  Designed for students with an understanding of the causes and events that created a rising tension between England and her colonies.

 
     
Title: Propaganda during the American Revolution Era View Details
Topic: Propaganda used during the American Revolution  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

This lesson is designed for students with a good understanding of the acts and events leading up to the American Revolution.  Students discuss and analyze propaganda from the time period.

 
     
Title: Remembering the Past: Monument for the Battle of Hubbardton View Details
Topic: American Revolution - Battle of Hubbardton  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Elementary  
Summary:

This lesson is designed for elementary students studying Vermont history and the Battle of Hubbardton.  Students will consider why people construct monuments and how geography affects the Battle of Hubbardton before interpreting the impact of the battle and designing a monument that reflects that interpretation. 

 
     
Title: Revolutionary Road: How Geography Affected the Military View Details
Topic: American Revolution - Battle of Hubbardton  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Middle School  
Summary:

Students will explore maps, images, and accounts from the Battle of Hubbardton and Vermont Military Road to better understand the affect geography has on the battle and its outcomes and the role the military road plays in the Revolutionary War.  Students will present their understanding in a creative display to share with an authentic audience.

 
     
Title: The Battle of Hubbardton Unit View Details
Topic: American Revolution - Battle of Hubbardton  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Elementary  
Summary:

Using the Teaching with Historic Places model, this unit explores the Battle of Hubbardton during the American Revolutionary War. Students read and analyze primary and secondary sources, mapping the site and taking a close look at the choices of individuals and their impact on the battle, and ultimately the outcome of the American Revolution. Students then debate what it means to win in war and look at turning points in their own lives to build a better understanding of historic turning points.

 
     
Title: The Impact of Jane McCrea's Death View Details
Topic: American Revolution - Death of Jane McCrea  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: High School  
Summary:

Many history texts offer a limited perspective, so students are often unaware of the life and death of Jane McCrea.  This lesson takes students on a different path and introduces them to the story of Jane McCrea and how her death might have contributed to the outcome of Battle of Saratoga, a battle considered by many to be THE major turning point of the American Revolution.  McCrea has become a "folk hero" in the Hudson River Valley region.  In this lesson, students are introduced to this story and have the opportunity to evaluate its credibility.

 
     
Title: The Importance of Spy Rings and Espionage In the Revolutionary War View Details
Topic: The American Revolution: Spy Rings and Espionage  
Category: 1760s - 1820s  
Grade Level: Elementary  
Summary:

 This lesson introduces elementary students to spy rings of the Revolutionary War era. Students analyze primary sources to interpret clandestine messages from the era. Through this lens, students explore how such messages contributed to the outcomes of the American Revolution.