The Topics in the Novel.
This activity is more of a learning exercise with the
teacher pointing out the topics in each chapter and then discussing
these topics with the students as they are reading the book.
a closer look at the topics the novel explores can be very
helpful to teachers who wish to present Revolutionary War
history in a unique way.
chapter of the novel has a number of topics which can be used
to improve the students understanding of the novel and
the Revolution. That is what I really love about the novel....it
quietly touches on all the issues that occurred during the
early years of the Revolutionary War.
Brother Sam is Dead Chapter I:
story begins in April of 1775. Sam Meeker returns home from
college in uniform and full of excitement. "We've beaten the
British in Massachusetts" are the first words out of his mouth.
This comes as a surprise to his father, mother, brother, minister
and other locals in the taproom of the Meeker's tavern; they
are unaware of the rebellion brewing in Boston.
topics are vast in the opening of the first chapter:
can discuss the events that lead to the skirmish at Lexington
can discuss the history of colleges in America and why they
would be pro-rebellion
can discuss the uniform Sam is wearing, what a militia was,
why an American would be wearing a red uniform
addition to the topics related to Sam's arrival in Redding.
You have a number of other topics in the first chapter:
can discuss what a tavern was and the importance it had
in colonial times
can discuss why Anglicans would be opposed to a split with
Americans who weren't Anglicans would be opposed to a split
can discuss muskets...how they worked, how accurate they
were, how they made bullets for them, etc...
Brother Sam is Dead Chapter II:
provides background information about his town, neighborhood
and religion at the onset of chapter two.
"Redding was divided into two-parts: Redding Center and Redding
can discuss Redding, Connecticut - where is it and why it
was divided in two parts (Anglicans and Presbyterians).
Read my novel
setting page for ideas.
"Church was practically the only time we ever saw some of
the farmers from farther out in the parish - places like Umpawaug.
They wanted to keep up with the news…"
can discuss how information was shared in colonial times
and how these methods led to biased opinions on very important
can also discuss Religion in colonial times.
"This is Tory Country. Father, Mr. Beach, the Lyons, the Couches
- most of them in our church are Tories. And they think it's
the same everywhere, but it isn't."
can discuss how a township could gain a reputation for being
can also discuss who Tories or Loyalists were and why they
were opposed to the rebellion, what they endured, etc...
more ideas and topics for each chapter please read my Chapter
by Chapter Summary and Analysis of My Brother Sam is Dead.
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American Revolution Sites Connecticut Society of the
Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)
the Revolution Occurred- a very good timeline of events
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of the Revolutionary War- Awesome resource showing you
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of the Revolutionary War
Money and Inflation
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George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington
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Complete General Orders of George Washington October
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and the Revolution The Revolution split some denominations,
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by oath to support the King, and the Quakers, who were traditionally