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From Lexington to Yorktown: A Class on the American Revolutionary War

Francesca G Dixon
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(32)
This 9-week class, the third in a series on the American Revolution, will examine the context, events, and elites of America's Revolutionary War.

Class experience

US Grade 4 - 6
9 lessons//9 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
The Shot Heard Round the World
This lesson will explore how the Revolutionary War started.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
The Whites of Their Eyes
This lesson will analyze the Siege of Boston and the Battle of Bunker Hill.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
We Hold These Truths
This lesson will reveal who wrote the Declaration of Independence, how it was written, and what it means.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
A Part-Time Army
This lesson will compare the combatants of the Revolutionary War and discuss General Washington’s war strategy.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
The Crossing
This lesson will discuss the battles of New York, New Jersey, Trenton, and Princeton.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Turning Point
This lesson will discuss the Saratoga Campaign, as well as the Battle of Saratoga, which is considered to be the turning point of the Revolutionary War.
 Week 7
Lesson 7
The Coldest Winter in America
This lesson will describe Washington’s most famous winter encampment at Valley Forge.
 Week 8
Lesson 8
A Swamp Fox and a Victory at Sea
This lesson will discuss the Southern Theater and Britain’s attempt to exploit the contradictions of the war in the South.
 Week 9
Lesson 9
The World Turned Upside Down
This lesson will discuss the final battle of the war at Yorktown and how the war ended.
This class is taught in English.
Students will become familiar with the context, events, and luminaries of the American Revolutionary War and gain background knowledge and rare-word vocabulary from a specific domain that will enhance their reading comprehension of nonfiction text.
I have taught this course for several years as a full-time, certified Elementary and Secondary teacher at the District of Columbia Public Schools.  I was a fellow in the Teaching American History program at the American University specifically focussing on the American Revolution.  Additionally, I received an Excellence Award from the Educational Testing Service for Outstanding performance on the PRAXIS II Test for Social Studies Content Knowledge. My unique expertise is in developing and teaching content-rich humanities units that integrate geography, history, literature, science, art, and music.  Additionally, I have developed a repertoire of strategies for teaching reading in the content area to intermediate-age students.
Homework Offered
Each week, students will read and respond to a written text. Assignments are designed to help students engage with the content. The amount of time necessary to complete the assignments will depend on the learner.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
I will provide feedback on all submitted assignments. Completed work can be compiled into a portfolio. If requested I will provide a letter grade and certificate.
Grades Offered
All of the resources used for this class are available online at no cost. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
The content and resources for this class are age-appropriate for upper elementary students. If any content is inaccurate or culturally insensitive in any way, I will treat this as a teachable moment to clarify any inaccuracies or culturally inappropriate information or ideas. Students will use two outside resources, padlet and quizlet, both of which are on the Outschool approved list of outside resources that comply with COPPA.  Students will use padlet to pose questions, share images, and interact with each other. Students will practice vocabulary using quizlet.  Neither of these resources requires students to establish accounts.
The following are a few of the sources I used to develop the content for this class:

• Voices of the American Past: Documents in U.S. History, 5th ed. (J Chris Arndt with Raymond M. Hyser), Cengage, 2 vols., 2012. 

• Red, White, and Black: The Peoples of Early North America by Gary Nash.

• Washington's Crossing by David Hackett Fischer

• Jefferson's Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism by Roger Wilkins

• An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. 

• Forgotten Patriots: African American and American Indian Patriots in the Revolutionary War by Eric G. Grundset

• The Trials of Phillis Wheatley: America's First Black Poet and Her Encounters with the Founding Fathers by Henry Louis Gates.

Additionally, we will utilize a wealth of original source documents that are available through the Library of Congress and National Archives online, discuss relevant literature, and analyze iconic paintings including Washington Crossing the Deleware by Emanuel Leutze.
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(32)
Education should be a feast of knowledge and all students should be invited to a banquet that includes literature, history, geography, art, music, science, and math. I believe that rich content knowledge and a wide vocabulary greatly enhance... 
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9 weeks

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Ages: 9-11

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