Conflicting Opinions. This
was a key element in the novel My Brother Sam is Dead. By
examining examples of conflicting opinions within their own
school, social groups, families, etc... students are made
aware of how people's opinions can complicate situations.
Ask students to independently list examples of things
they like...for example: ask them to write down "School
Field Trip" ideas , using the results, list the top two
School Field Trip ideas on the board.
have the children debate why one or the other should be chosen.
this activity will cause a handful of students to express
distain for one of the ideas while another group of students
reacts positively for the same. If this occurs we have a present
day example of "Tories" and "Rebels".
select a School Field Trip idea and have both groups work
on planning the field trip. The feelings of the students that
don't like the idea is what matters most here, by forcing
them to go along with an idea they don't like, plan it, raise
money for it, take part in it... they are experiencing feelings
similar to those of the "Tories" during the Revolutionary
you can have the students discuss their feelings (positive
or negative) either verbally or in writing.
explain the purpose of the exercise, noting the hardships
Tories/Loyalists experienced during the Revolutionary War
and pointing out the frustrations the students felt while
being "forced" to particiate in an activity they
did not want to participate in. Make the students aware of
the loyalists frustrations as Rebellion became a reality and
what they were "forced" to endure.
Ask students to independently research examples of families
that fled the United States during the Revolutionary War.
is a good place to start.
War Research mostly Connecticut information but an excellent
American Revolution Sites Connecticut Society of the
Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)
the Revolution Occurred- a very good timeline of events
that led to the colonist revolt, what happenned during it
and how our nation was formed.
of the Revolutionary War- Awesome resource showing you
dates, locations and winners and losers.
of the Revolutionary War
Money and Inflation
and Death Aboard British Prison Ships
of Prisoners who died on British Prison Ships
George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington
from the original manuscript sources: Volume 13 Electronic
Text Center, University of Virginia Library
Complete General Orders of George Washington October
2, 1778 to 1780
and the Revolution The Revolution split some denominations,
notably the Church of England, whose ministers were bound
by oath to support the King, and the Quakers, who were traditionally
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