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McREL Standards Activity

Give Me Liberty!

Purpose:As a result of this activity, students will be able to demonstrate ability to describe strategic elements of the Revolutionary War and explain their significance to the war.
Related Standard & Benchmarks:
United States History
 Standard 6.Understands the causes of the American Revolution, the ideas and interests involved in shaping the revolutionary movement, and reasons for the American victory
   Level III [Grade 7-8]
   Benchmark 3. Understands the strategic elements of the Revolutionary War (e.g., how the Americans won the war against superior British resources, American and British military leaders, major military campaigns)
Language Arts
 Standard 8.Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes
   Level III [Grade 6-8]
   Benchmark 6. Makes oral presentations to the class (e.g., uses notes and outlines; uses organizational pattern that includes preview, introduction, body, transitions, conclusion; uses a clear point of view; uses evidence and arguments to support opinions; uses visual media)
Student Product:Oral report
Material & Resources:No special resources required for this activity.
Teacher's Note:Teachers may wish to assign topics to ensure that the oral reports collectively cover all the major battles of the Revolutionary War. Encouraging students to take notes on the reports in preparation for an exam on the war may also help to create a more attentive audience. In order to explain military strategy, the instructor may want to lead the students through and example battle (Yorktown, Saratoga, Bunker Hill, etc.)illustrating troop movements and strategy.
The teacher creates a list of the major battles/military campaigns of the Revolutionary War (e.g., Bunker Hill, Saratoga, etc.). Students each describe one of the battles in an oral report to the class. Reports should focus on the military leaders and their strategies, the outcome of the battles/campaigns, reasons for the outcome, and the implications for the war (i.e., was this a crucial turning point?). At the conclusion of the oral reports, the teacher guides a discussion in order to help students to "put it all together" and understand how the Americans won the war against superior military forces.