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Revolutionary War: Independence

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Recommended Books:

  • In 1776 by Jean Marzollo
  • If You Lived At The Time of The American Revolution by Kay Moore
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy (Ellis the Elephant series) by Callista Gingrich
  • Revolutionary War on Wednesday (Magic Tree House series) by Mary Pope Osborne
  • A Kid’s Guide to African-American History by Nancy I. Sanders
  • Joining The Boston Tea Party (Time-Traveling Twins) by Diane Stanley
  • Yankee Doodle: A Song From The American Revolution illustrated by Todd Ouren
  • Liberty or Death: The American Revolution by Betsy Maestro
  • A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution by Betsy Maestro
  • The American Revolution For Kids: A History with 21 Activities by Janis Herbert
  • Little Hands Celebrate America: Learning About the U.S.A. Through Crafts and Activities by Jill Frankel Hauser

Target Vocabulary: abolish, America, bill, colony, declaration, freedom, independence, liberty, loyalist, minutemen, nation, patriot, patriotic, revolution, rights, slave, slavery, struggle, tax, war, Yankee Doodle

Building on themes from my lesson about life in colonial times, I expanded a historical timeline by transitioning into a week-long theme of life during the Revolutionary War. I approached it by helping my son understand the basis for the war: freedom and independence from British rule. Topics discussed included:

  • geographical location of 13 colonies
  • the patriots (blue coats) and loyalists (red coats) and their opposing views
  • the Minutemen
  • the Boston Tea Party and “taxation without representation”
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy song
  • the American flag and Betsy Ross, as well as the Liberty Bell
  • George Washington, Paul Revere and others who played a significant role
  • the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights
  • how slaves were caught up in the struggle for freedom and independence – many thought if they fought for independence alongside patriots, they too would be free, but that did not happen. Slavery continued until it was abolished as a result of the Civil War.
  • I asked my son to draft his own Bill of Rights for kids with ideals he felt were important and worth protecting

Critical Thinking: After concluding the lesson, ask the child: “In what way do you think we gained freedom and independence from British rule?” as that was the main objective. This will help build an understanding of goals, objectives and results in terms of wars, which can be expanded into a lesson about whether wars are necessary and/or effective.


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