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American Revolution

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Stop-1: The Events Leading to the American Revolution

After reviewing this page, create a visual chart of a timeline of the events that lead up to the American Revolution Or create a mobile depicting a symbol or picture of each event (some years can be combined into one hanging object.

Stop-2: Conflict and Revolution

Create a flip book using pictures and captions only.

Stop-3: The Thirteen Original Colonies

Describe what the diversity of the 13 colonies was like in chart form or in a map showing where the different nationalities first settled.

Stop-4: How the Thirteen Colonies have changed.

Using this map, recreate a current map of the exact same area to show how these colonies have changed.

Stop-5: Role of Religion

What role did religion play in the American Revolution?

Stop-6: Causes of the American Revolution

Review the causes of the American Revolution by reading about the battles. Make a list of which battles the American won and which battles the British won and which battles were draws.Make a general statement about the lists.

Stop-7: Battles of the American Revolutionary War

Review the battles of the American Revolutionary War. Make a list of which battles the Americans won, which battles the British won, and which battles were a draw. Analyze the lists. What conclusions can you draw based on these battles?

Stop-8: Biographies of the American Revolution

Choose one person from this list history makers during this time period. Be sure not to pick the same person as another person in your class. Read the brief biography of that person. Explain how this person assisted in the American Revolution.

Stop-9: More Biographies

Choose one of the leaders and explain one thing that stood out as unusual, interesting, or remarkable about that person and explain why you think so.

Stop-10: The Role of the French in the American Revolutionary War

How did the French help us during the American Revolution?

Stop-11: Benedict Arnold- Hero or Traitor?

Benedict Arnold is remembered as a traitor in the American Revolution. How was a hero? "…one vulture receiving another" Thomas Paine wrote (about Arnold) in one of his Crisis papers. What did he mean by that?

Stop-12: Spies in the American Revolutioanry War

Name 3 famous and not so famous people who were spies and for which side, American or British? Describe some of the methods they used to spy on each other

Stop-13: Spy Letters

Where were these spy letters delivered and why only those places? Design your own code and create a mock spy letter from one spy to another as it may have been written during the American Revolution. If you were a spy during the American Revolution, where would you hide a message? Try this recipe for invisible ink:4 drops of onion juice, 4 drips of lemon juice, pinch of sugar. Stir together the onion juice, lemon juice, and sugar in a shallow bowl. Use a toothpick to write your message. As the "ink" dries you message will disappear. Hold the message over a bright bulb and your message will magically reappear.

Stop-14: Nathan Hale

How did Nathan Hale come to be a spy?

Stop-15: Paul Revere's Ride

Why wasn't Paul Revere unable to complete his ride which is contrary to the poem, Paul Revere's Ride? Who finished the ride?

Stop-16: Uniforms of the American Revolution

Give a general description of the American Revolution uniforms. What was Massachusetts like? Why were there so many differences in the uniforms?

Stop-17: The Men and Women of Liberty

Listen to each of the Actors as they tell what it was like to be in those times. After listening, describe in one paragraph what it must have been like.

Stop-18: The American Flag

Create a flip book using pictures and captions only. Explain who is credited with designing the American flag and what role did Betsy Ross play in making the flag?

Stop-19: Nicknames and Who's Who

Why is James Madison called the "Father of the Constitution"? Why is Thomas Paine called "The Penman of the Revolution"? What do Paul Revere and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow have in common?

Stop-20: Confederate vs Federal Government

What were the concerns of our founding fathers regarding our country as a confederate form of government?

Stop-21: President George Washington's Farewell Address

Read Washington's farewell address. After reading through the first time answer this: What does this speech tell you about Washington's background? What about the audience to whom he spoke? Then reread one paragraph at a time and summarize what he viewed were the problems the nation faced and what the future of this nation would be. By answering the questions below, you will have summarized enough of the speech for our purposes. In your own words, include what he says about his retirement from the presidency, unity, patriotism, describe how he views that each, the North, South, East, and West shall contribute to America's greatness, how respect is related to liberty and laws, what does he says opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, what "spirit" should we not encourage, what does he say about the balance of power, what three things are duties of American citizens, what does he say is the "great rule of conduct" and what could happen if we do not stick to the great rule of conduct, do we stick to it today?

Stop-22: The First Thanksgiving

Who declared the first Thanksgiving? When was it? What was the purpose of the holiday? Would such a holiday as this be proclaimed in today?

Stop-23: Elsewhere Around the World During the American Revolution

Click on the red dots for information. After viewing events from other parts of the world, name three events that were going on during our American Revolution.

Stop-24: American Culture in Revolutionary Times

Click on any part of the picture to get information about colonial life. Write a paragraph describing what is was like.

Stop-25: Colonial American Clothing

Chose an article of clothing from man, woman, or child and create some form of "replica" of the genuine article.

Stop-26: More Colonial American Living

Choose to do one of the following: Create one of the American Flags of the time period, cook one of the colonial recipes to share, make a collage or PowerPoint presentation of Valley Forge or Washington Crossing, Hardtack was one to the foods the soldiers ate at Valley Forge during the harsh winter of 1777. (Another recipe is: using a cup of flour add enough water to flour to make a soft dough. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it become elastic like. Roll the dough out to a ½ inch thickness. Cut it with a biscuit cutter. Prick each biscuit with a fork. Bake the hardtack at 450° for seven minutes.)

Stop-27: Colonial American Fun and Games

Play each of these games alone or with a friend. Then create some type of game to teach and play with classmates.

Stop-28: Rebus Game

View the Rebus game and create three Rebus puzzles of your own.

Stop-29: What Do You Learn?

Do the following lessons then do the quizzes: Lessons 1-7. Do Activity 3 and only do the second item on Activity 4.