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.
At the bottom of the page, you will find 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.

The Early American History Interactive Crossword Puzzle Grades Intermediate
lay or print out crossword puzzles.

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

4th of July - Independence Day
Find a variety of historical information.

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

Alexander Hamilton
This is an excellent site covering the biography of this historical figure, including a collection of his fascinating writings. This was a person born to fight the American Revolution.

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.

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.

Benjamin Franklin - An Enlightened American
This is an excellent site which includes the biography, writings, inventions, quotations, wit, humor and more about this incredible person. This is a fascinating place to learn about the events and people of this historic events.

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 Birth of a Nation
This is a great site developed by sixth graders which provides information about the people, places, events and a timeline of this period.

The Boston Tea Party
A good site about this dramatic event, with links to related events and more about the people involved.

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.

The Life of George Washington
This is a fascinating resource about George Washington, published eight years his death by David Ramsay, a "contemporary of Washington, historian Ramsay writes with the knowledge and insights one acquires only by being on the scene. Actually, Ramsay was an active player in the momentous events of America's unfolding drama". It covers Washington's life from his early years until his death in 1799.

Loyalty or Liberty
This is an interactive web adventure that allows students to roll play and learn about the Loyalist and Patriots.

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.

Thomas Jefferson Online
Did you know that Thomas Jefferson's epitaph describes him as "Author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom and Father of the University of Virginia. This is a wonderful website full of information about this great thinker, prepared, appropriately by the University of Virginia.

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Documents, Writings and Speeches

Articles of Confederation - (1778)

Bill of Rights - (1789)

The Constitution of the United States, and Amendments

Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of taking up Arms - (1775)

Final Text of the Declaration of Independence - (1776)

George Washington's First Inaugural Address - (1789)

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

Jefferson's Draft of the Declaration of Independence - (1776)

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

The Natural Rights of Colonists - Samuel Adams (1772)

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Books

A Coloring Book of Heroines of the American Revolution
by Joel Canon

A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin
by David A. Adler

A Picture Book of Paul Revere
by David A. Adler

A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson
by David A. Adler

A Young Patriot : The American Revolution As Experienced by One Boy
by Jim Murphy

America in the Time of George Washington : 1747 to 1803 (America in the Time Of)
by Sally Senzell Isaacs

The American Revolution (Landmark Books)
by Bruce Bliven, J. Thomas

American Revolution, 1700-1800 : Joy Masoff (Chronicle of America)
by Joy Masoff

The American Revolution: War for Independence
by Alden R. Carter

And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?
by Jean Fritz

Anthony Wayne : American General (Revolutionary War Leaders)
by Patricia A. Grabowski

Baron Von Steuben : American General (Revolutionary War Leaders)
by Bruce Adelson

Ben and Me
by Robert Lawson

Betsy Ross
by Alexandra Wallner

Black Heroes of the American Revolution
by Burke Davis

Black Stars of Colonial Times
by Jim Haskins

Book of the American Revolution (Brown Paper School Uskids History)
by Howard Egger-Bovet

The Boston Tea Party
by Steven Kroll

Boston Tea Party : Rebellion in the Colonies (Adventures in Colonial America)
by James E. Knight

Camps and Firesides of the Revolution
by Albert Bushnell Hart

Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?
by Jean Fritz

The Children's Book of America
by William J. Bennett

The Colonial Cook (Colonial People)
by Bobbie Kalman

Colonial Days : Discover the Past With Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes (American Kids in History Series)
by David C. King

Colonial Kids : An Activity Guide to Life in the New World
by Laurie Carlson

Colonial Times : 1600-1700 (Chronicle of America)
by Joy Masoff

The Colonies (North American Historical Atlases)
by Rebecca Stefoff

Come All You Brave Soldiers : Blacks in the Revolutionary War
by Clinton Cox

Countdown to Independence : A Revolution of Ideas in England and Her American Colonies : 1760-1776
by Natalie S. Bober

Crispus Attucks : Black Leader of Colonial Patriots (Childhood of Famous Americans Series.)
by Gray Morrow

Crossing the Delaware : A History in Many Voices
by Louise Peacock

Daughter of Liberty: A True Story of the American Revolution
by Robert M. Quackenbush

The Declaration of Independence (True Books: Government)
by Patricia Ryon Quiri

Eyewitness: American Revolution
(Eyewitness Books)

The Fighting Ground
by Avi

The First American Revolution : The American Colonies on the Eve of Independence
by Clinton Lawrence Rossiter

Francis Marion : The Swamp Fox (Revolutionary War Leaders)
by Kay Cornelius

From Colonies to Country ( History of U.S., Book 3)
by Joy Hakim

General Thomas Gage : British General (Revolutionary War Leaders)
by Bonnie Hinman

George Rogers Clark : American General (Revolutionary War Leaders)
by Michael Burgan

Give Me Liberty : The Story of the Declaration of Independence
by Russell Freedman

Glorious Days, Dreadful Days : The Battle of Bunker Hill (Stories of America)
by John Edens

Guns for General Washington: A Story of the American Revolution (Great Episodes)
by Seymour Reit

If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution
by Kay Moore

If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution
by Elizabeth Levy

The Liberty Tree: The Beginning of the American Revolution (Picture Landmark)
by Lucille Recht Penner

Johnny Tremain (Illustrated American Classics)
by Esther Forbes

A Guide for Using Johnny Tremain in the Classroom
by Jean L. Haack

Lexington and Concord (Cornerstones of Freedom)
by Deborah Kent

Lord Cornwallis : British General (Revolutionary War Leaders)
by Daniel E. Harmon

Molly Bannaky
by Alice McGill

Molly Pitcher Young Patriot
by Augusta Stevenson

Mr. Revere and I
by Robert Lawson

My Brother Sam Is Dead
by James Lincoln Collier

A Guide for Using My Brother Sam is Dead in the Classroom
by Patty Carratello

Our Country's Founders : A Book of Advice for Young People
by William J. Bennett

Outrageous Women of Colonial America (Outrageous Women)
by Mary Rodd Furbee

Paul Revere (In Their Own Words (Paper))
by George Sullivan

Red, White and Blue : The Story of the American Flag (All Aboard Reading , Level 2)
by John Herman

Revolutionary Poet : A Story About Phillis Wheatley (Creative Minds Biographies Series)
by Maryann N. Weidt

The Revolutionary War (North American Historical Atlases)
by Rebecca Stefoff

Revolutionary War Days : Discover the Past With Exciting Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes (American Kids in History)
by David C. King

Revolutionary War On Wednesday (Magic Tree House 22, paper)
by Mary Pope Osborne

Samuel Adams : The Father of American Independence
by Dennis Brindell Fradin

The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson
by Ann McGovern

Shh! We're Writing the Constitution
by Jean Fritz

The Story of Abraham Lincoln
by Stephanie Britt

Story of George Washington
by Stephanie Britt

Thaddeus Kosciuszko : Polish General and Patriot (Revolutionary War Leaders)
by Meg Greene

Toliver's Secret
by Esther Wood-Brady

Uskids History : Book of the New American Nation (Brown Paper School)
by Howard Egger-Bovet,

War Comes to Willy Freeman
by James Lincoln Collier

Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?
by Jean Fritz

Which Way to the Revolution? : A Book About Maps
by Bob Barner

Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?
by Jean Fritz,

Will You Sign Here, John Hancock
by Jean Fritz

William Howe : British General (Revolutionary War Leaders)
by Bruce Adelson

The Winter at Valley Forge : Survival and Victory (Adventures in Colonial America)
by James E. Knight

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