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unit can be used with all ages by substituting
children's nonfiction and biographies for the Internet
research and assigning ability-appropriate composition
For those of you who have The
Checklist, you can check
off these topics as your children complete their studies;
however, I have included many more topics here than are
listed in The Checklist. You can either write in the
extras or print out the revised Checklist pages.
of Major Events:
The following information
is included as background information in order to introduce
your children to some additional reasons the Revolutionary
War was fought. It is not necessary to go into this in
great detail at this point in their studies unless they
are studying for the CLEP on American History!
Act of 1663
_______ 1675, King
_______ 1675, Bacon's Rebellion
_______ 1690, King
_______ 1696, Navigation Act of 1696
_______ 1713, Queen
Anne's War (aka War of the Spanish Succession)
_______ 1744, King
George's War (aka War of the Austrian Succession)
_______ 1754, French
and Indian War (aka Seven Years War)
George III Crowned. King George III Biography
of Paris (1763)
of the Revolutionary War:
_______ 1764, Sugar
Act and Sugar Act
_______ 1765, Quartering Act
_______ 1765, Stamp
Act and Stamp Act
_______ 1765, Sons
of Liberty Formed and Sons
_______ 1766, Stamp Act Repealed
_______ 1766, Declaratory Acts
_______ 1767, Townshend
Acts and Townshend
_______ 1770, Boston Massacre
_______ 1772, Committee
of Correspondence Formed
_______ 1773, Tea
Act and Tea
_______ 1773, Boston
Tea Party and Boston
_______ 1774, Intolerable
Acts (aka Coercive Acts) and Intolerable
_______ 1774, First Continental Congress
_______ 1775, Paul
British are Coming!”
_______ 1775, Battle of Lexington and Concord
_______ 1775, Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys
Seize Fort Ticonderoga
_______ 1775, Second Continental Congress
_______ 1775, George Washington Made Commander of Colonial
_______ 1775, Battle of Bunker Hill
_______ 1776, Thomas Paine Publishes Common Sense.
_______ 1776, Nathan Hale Executed
_______ 1776, States Draft Individual Constitutions
_______ 1776, Declaration of Independence Completed
_______ 1776, Washington
Crosses the Delaware and captures
_______ 1777, Battle
of Brandywine Creek.
_______ 1777, Burgoyne Surrenders, Battle
of Saratoga .
_______ 1777, The Winter
at Valley Forge.
_______ 1778, France Enters War
_______ 1778, Battle
_______ 1780, Benedict Arnold’s Plan to Cede
West Point Discovered
_______ 1781, Articles
of Confederation Ratified
_______ 1781, Cornwallis Surrenders, Battle
_______ 1782, Congress Adopts the Great
Seal of U.S.
_______ 1783, Treaty
of Paris (1783)
_______ 1783, House of Burgesses Grants Freedom to Slaves
_______ Adams, Sam
_______ Allen, Ethan
_______ Arnold, Benedict
_______ Blackstone, William
General (British, Canada)
_______ Clay, Henry
Sir Henry (General)
_______ de Lafayette, Marquis
_______ Dickinson, John
_______ Franklin, Benjamin
Thomas (royal governor of Massachusettes)
General Horatio (Continental, New York)
_______ Green, General Nathanael
_______ Hale, Nathan
_______ Hamilton, Alexander
_______ Hancock, John
_______ Henry, Patrick
General (British, New York,
New Jersey, Maryland)
_______ Jay, John
_______ Jefferson, Thomas
John Paul and John Paul Jones
_______ King George III
_______ Madison, James
_______ Marshall, John
_______ Mott, Lucretia
_______ Paine, Thomas
_______ Pitcher, Molly
_______ Revere, Paul
_______ Ross, Betsy
_______ Sherman, Roger
_______ von Steuben, Baron
_______ Washington, George
_______ Wheatley, Phillis
John Dickinson's Letters
from a Farmer in Pennsylvania.
Massacre Print by Paul Revere.
Revolutionary War Weapons.
Midnight Rider - Virtual
An American Revolutionary
War Camp. A British Revolutionary
Marching Tour of the American
Patrick Henry's speech, "Give
me Liberty or Give me Death."
Thomas Paine's Common
you Were a Soldier in the Revolutionary War - clothes,
food, and more.
Obituary of George Washington.
View maps of
Early America and revolutionary battles.
letters of the American Revolution.
Oct. 7, 1776.
Virtual Tour of Betsy
or Death by Betsy Maestro. The Story of the American
Revolution. 64 pgs. K-6+
You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution by
Kay Moore, 64 pgs. color, K-6
Declaration of Independence: The story Behind America's
by Rod Gragg. This is fun and authentic! It tells
the story of our Independence with replicas of our
original documents. All ages will enjoy.
Liberty!: How the Revolutionary War Began (Landmark Books)
by Lucille Recht Penner.
Illustrated beginner Landmark Book. 48 pgs. Color.
(2002 edition), 4th-8th+
Boston Massacre by
Robert Allison. 72 pgs.
The Boston Tea Party (We The People) by Michael Burgan.
48 pgs. illus. 2-8+
Crossing the Delaware: A History in Many Voices by Louise
Peacock. 40 pgs. 4-8+
Winter at Valley Forge by James Knight.
The Signers: Fifty Six Stories Behind the Declaration of Independence by Dennis Fradin. color illus, 160 pgs.,
Attucks, Black Leader of Colonial Patriots
by by Dharathula H. Millender. Childhood of Famous
you grew up with George Washington by Ruth Belov Gross.
64 pgs. color. All ages.
Washington's World by Genevieve Foster. This classic
not only provides the reader a true biography of
the great American, but a view of the world in which
he lived. Marvel at the lives of Benjamin Franklin,
Frederick the Great, Voltaire, Napoleon, Catherine
of Russia, Eli Whitney, Mozart, Bach, young Napoleon
and many other notables of the 18th century.
Heroes of History: George Washington by
Janet Benge. Christian-based biography of George
Washington. 224 pgs. 4-12.
Nathan Hale: Patriot Spy by Shannon Zemlicka. The story of
Nathan Hale, spy for General George Washington. 48
pgs. nice color. Step up Reader. 1-6
Their Own Words: Paul Revere by George Sullivan. 128
pgs, illus, 4-8+
Revere, Boston Patriot, COFA, 2+
Paul Revere by Esther Forbes. A children's version
of Paul Revere and the World He Lived In.
Revolutionary John Adams by Cheryl Harness. 32 pg. oversize. nice
color illus. 2003, K-6+
Their Own Words: Betsy Ross by
Peter Roop. 128 pgs. 4-8+
Your Travel Guide to Colonial America by Nancy Day. Begins
with a brief introduction that provides background
on the time period followed by information on each
civilization's culture, geography, economy, and history.
Recipes, games, time lines, and who's who lists are
also included. Sidebars provide fascinating tidbits. 4-8+
Day in the Life of a Colonial Printer by Kathy Wilmore.
24 pgs. illus. K-4+
The Star-Spangled Banner by
Catherine A. Welch. 48 pgs. illus. PreK-4+
Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.
Young Partiot: The American Revolution As Experienced
By One Boy by Jim Murphy.
George the Drummer Boy by Nathaniel Benchley. 61 pgs. I Can
Read History book. Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts,
which were the start of the American Revolution, as
seen from the eyes of George, a British drummer boy.
(Beginning Reader) 1-6
Phoebe the Spy by Judith Berry Griffin. 48 pgs. During the
Revolution, Phoebe has a chance to save the life of
General George Washington. K-6
for General Washington by
Peter and Connie Roop. 48 pgs. Fictional story
of fourteen-year-old spy who carried messages to
George Washington's camp in the buttons of his
coat during the Rev. War. Easy Reader. PreK-6
You Make Them Behave, King George? by
Jean Fritz. This is a fun series! Look for other
titles about Sam Adams and Paul Revere. PreK-6
more Revolutionary War reading suggestions, see my Revolutionary
maps for the following:
of the world showing Britain, Spain, France, and the
13 Colonies of the U.S.
of the 13 colonies and areas of North America claimed
by England, France, and Spain.
showing the location of major battles.
identifying the major cities of the 13 colonies.
of the United States of American after the Revolutionary
British East India Company
_______ Continental Army
_______ Franklin's Almanack
_______ Redcoats (Regulars)
_______ Taxation Without Representation
_______ The Cases of
Analysis Worksheets (Includes worksheets for analyzing
written documents, photos, cartoons, posters, maps, artifacts,
motion picture and sound recordings.
View Ben Franklin's
Gazette. Try creating your own newspaper!
History Writing Prompts by
Jeannette Sanderson, pgs 18-23, Revolutionary War,
Collection CD: American Revolution by Teacher Created
Materials. This includes photos, video clips, sound
clips of speeches, maps, clip art, etc. to use in reports
and computer powerpoint presentations. Check local
education stores. All ages.
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Music & Art
of the Period:
photos, and portraits of the Revolutionary War
Copley, Paul Revere
photos from American Revolution to create a picture
notebook of the war:
the American Revolution.
American History with Art Masterpieces,
(Revolutionary War). For your artist students, you'll
love learning history using art masterpieces. This
one covers the Revolutionary War. 3-8+
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& Hands-on Activities:
Papers (Tile Game, Crossword Puzzles, Word Search
and more, related to G. Washington)
and the Presidency (Online game)
for Kids (Solve a puzzle.)
to Revolution (Game)
Family of the Colonial Era Paper Dolls and George
Washington and Family paper dolls.
your own frontier fort. Lincoln
Log fort. Build
your own Tree House fort (YouTube video). Try building
a fort indoors with chairs, tables, blankets and pillows!
Star in One Snip!
War Days: Discover the Past With Exciting Projects,
Games, Activities, and Recipes (American Kids in
History) by David C. King, K-8+
War: Hands-On Heritage,
Hands On Heritage. This is my favorite for younger
children's craft ideas when studying the American
Revolution. Unfortunately, it appears to be out
of print. There are a few used copies available.
Get them while you can! K-6+
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Coloring Pages, & Quizzes
Pockets: American Revolution by
Evan-Moor. I LOVE these! There are so many fun activities
for your younger children to do. Check out the sample
Life: Revolutionary War, Interesting activities
for students in grades 4-8 Highly recommended. Check
out the sample pages.
War Thematic Unit by
Teacher Created Materials. Includes lots of worksheets
and activities related to the Revolutionary War.
War Lesson Plans. These lesson plans include music,
activities and quizzes. Grade 1-4+
War Scavenger Hunt.
War Questions These questions are correlated to
books written by Gregory Edgar on the Revolutionary
War called Patriots and Gone
to Meet the British. See my review of these books
on Amazon.com 4+
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1776 by David McCullough. In this stirring audiobook, David
McCullough tells the timeless human story of those
who marched with General George Washington in the year
of the Declaration of Independence. Listen while you
travel and learn about our history.
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Videos to Watch :
Early American History. Watch videos on:
Life of George Washington, Part 2
Revere Messenger of the Revolution
Shot Heard Round the World
Treason of Benedict Arnold
Real Face of George Washington
Pitcher. An American Hero.
America: Winter of the Red Snow.
When General George Washington's troops first set
up camp near Abigail Stewart's home, During the long
winter Abby sees for herself the hardships of war
and must summon a newfound strength to help the soldiers.
Johnny Tremaine starring Hal Stalmaster. 1957. All ages.
The Patriot starring Mel Gibson is very graphic, but it
is an excellent movie about this time period.
Not recommended for young children or the weak in stomach!
Hope you enjoy the unit! Don't forget
to document what you learned in The