Thematic Units - The Revolutionary War

The Revolutionary War

You will find various Lesson Plans on the top portion of this page.
Further down, you will find Web Sites.
You will also find Documents, Writings, and Speeches.
We have a page full of Books that you can order directly from Amazon.com!


Lesson Plans & Activities

A Dictionary of Independence Grades 4-6
Using events and biographies from their state's history and U.S. history, students create a dictionary of terms for citizens of a democracy.

A Journey Towards Freedom Grades Intermediate
For anyone interested in American history, this is a great resource covering the American Revolution.

The American Revolution: Valley Forge Grades 5 and above
This online activity has students visiting web sites on the Stamp Act, the Boston Tea Party and Valley Forge.

Archeology at Colonial Williamsburg Grades 1-6
This is a wonderful site about the study of life during this time period. Here you will find quizzes, puzzles, games and more about life in Colonial Williamsburg.

The Battle of the Battlefields Grades 5 and above
The President will award $1,000,000 for the establishment of a museum at the battle site you choose.

Historic Mile Tour Virtual Tour Grades Intermediate
This is the place to go to tour the historic points in Philadelphia which relate to this time period, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Old City Hall, Congress Hall, Franklin Court, the Betsy Ross House, Old St. Augustine's Church, the City Tavern and more! Great photos and information accompany you on this virtual tour.

Independence Day! Grades 3-5
The purpose of this lesson is to provide children with the meaning of our nation's symbols that provide continuity and a sense of community across time.

Kids Page at Valley Forge Grades Intermediate
Here you will find some excellent resources for kids to understand this time period including Valley Forge, Benjamin Franklin and other interesting and fun items such as "Spy System 1777". Play some online games about the Revolutionary War, including "Match the Georges" and "What Are They Saying".

The Revolutionary War Grades Intermediate
A great webquest to help students learn about the people and events of the war.

The Revolutionary War and Children's Literature Grades 3-8
Several activities dealing with the American Revolution.

The Road to Revolution Grades Intermediate
This is an online game prepared by PBS to test your Revolutionary War knowledge.

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Web Sites

A Day in the Life
Follow Thomas Jefferson through a day.

American Revolution
This is a wonderful resource which will help kids appreciate the American Revolutionary period. The text begins, "It is nearly night when you arrive at your destination: Boston, Mass., 1775. Citizens have closed and shuttered their windows, and you notice a tenseness in the air. One rowdy fellow emerges from a nearby tavern, talking angrily about the British and Boston Harbor." Here you will find some different resources presented in a very entertaining manner.

American Revolution
A great collection of resources from Ducksters.

The American Revolution - a Complete Timeline
A great timeline and overview of the Revolutionary War with lots of facts, photographs and information. This is the place to start for information on this period.

Betsy Ross Homepage
This is a great site dedicated to the idea that one person's actions can make a difference. Here you can learn about this historical figure and go on a virtual tour of her house. As the introduction beautifully states, "Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag. When we view the flag, we think of liberty, freedom, pride, and Betsy Ross. The American flag flies on the moon, sits atop Mount Everest, is hurtling out in space. The flag is how America signs her name."

The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies
An online copy of the document.

Explore the Amazing World of Early America
This site offers the opportunity to learn about life in this time period from the media of the day - its newspapers, maps, magazines and writings. The wealth of documents include Ben Franklin's "Philadelphia Gazette" and a map printed in an English magazine showing Washington's defeats. This site offers a different and very interesting perspective on this period.

History at Valley Forge
A great resource for this period of history. You will find information about the history, the people, a special section about George Washington and more. A great place to find information on this time period.

King George, III
A concise biography of the British monarch whose "commitment to taxing the American colonies to pay for his military protection" led to the American Revolution. Did you know the colonists proclaimed independence in 1776, but King George stubbornly continued the war until 1781!

Liberty! The American Revolution
This is a great site by PBS on all of the aspects of the "two and a half decades of debate and rebellion, war and peace" that was the Revolutionary War. The site includes headlines, timelines, resource material, and lots of information on daily Life in the Colonies.

Monticello
A fact filled resource about Thomas Jefferson, his life and times. You will find great photographs and information about everyday life during this period.

The Paul Revere House
Here is a fact-filled, entertaining site dedicated to Paul Revere and the "Midnight Ride". You will also find pages for teachers and kids and more.

Revolutionary War Internet Scavenger Hunt
Learn about the events leading up to the war, important people, and battles.

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Documents, Writings and Speeches

Articles of Confederation - (1778)

Bill of Rights - (1789)

The Constitution of the United States, and Amendments

George Washington's First Inaugural Address - (1789)

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death - Patrick Henry (1775)

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1863)

The Natural Rights of Colonists - Samuel Adams (1772)

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Books

The Teacher's Corner has hand selected a bunch of books for our Revolutionary War Unit that you can find at great prices on Amazon.com

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