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I am looking for a creative way to teach the Revolutionary War, any suggestions would be great.

Oct 7, 2014 2:06pm

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    • Oct 17, 2014 11:34am

      Consider using the Chautauqua Teaching Method. Students study one "character" from the American Revolution era, perform it before their audience of classmates, and answer questions "in character." The method is highly interactive and enhances the students' ability to write, speak, and think critically. Teachers should, of course, lead by example. Very engaging and fun!

      • Oct 13, 2014 12:00pm

        Have the students be reporters. Assign each student an event that lead to Independence or a battle or event during the War. You can then have them do a video or newspaper report depending on technology available.

        To add depth and complexity assign higher performing students or for enrichment have them report from a British perspective.

        • Oct 21, 2014 7:00pm

          I love history. A couple of lessons I tried were really hands on and the students mastered the material. I traced 4 maps of the 13 colonies broken up into regions. The students worked in teams and each student had to take a role ( economist, geographer, political scientist, sociologist) The students were given primary and secondary resources to answer questions related to the start of the Revolutionary War from all perspectives, what and how did the resources of each region help/hurt the war effort, what were the pros and cons of ending the war, etc. That way, the students gained an in depth understanding of the causes of war, its impact on the land, people and the economy. I also know there are important documents, people, battles, etc that must be taught as well. I used alot of History Alive materials and adapted them to my needs. Students would recreate the Articles of Confederation in their own words. Create a memes of important figures during the war and create one phrase that would allow the students to remember what that person represented. I hope these ideas help.

          • Oct 25, 2014 4:34pm

            I teach ELA, but while my students were learning about the Revolutionary War in SS, we analyzed song lyrics from some different revolutionary war songs, and then student groups presented their findings to the class. It was fun to see them gain some new insight into Yankee Doodle Dandy (and others).

            • Oct 25, 2014 4:35pm

              We also read My Brother Sam is Dead as a complement to the unit they were doing in SS.

              • Oct 31, 2014 12:43pm

                Tammy, At the risk of appearing self-serving, I would encourage to read my white paper for details on how you might creatively approach your teaching assignment on the Revolutionary War. You can find it at:

                • Oct 31, 2014 12:48pm

                  Tammy, at the risk of appearing self-serving, I would encourage you to read my white paper on how you might apply the Chautauqua Teaching Method to your unit on the Revolutionary War. You can find it at:
                  All the best!

                  • Oct 31, 2014 12:53pm

                    Sorry for redundant post above--new to the site and still getting my feet wet.

                    • Feb 9, 2015 7:49am

                      The Library of Congress has some great lesson plans and presentations using primary sources from their collection.