The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence with 20 Projects

The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence with 20 Projects

The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence shows readers how rebel soldiers fought in horrific conditions while their families back home faced their own hardships for the sake of freedom. Students examine primary sources to discover the truth about events leading up to the war and engage in vibrant debate, strategic planning, and literary deconstruction to understand the official documents upon which America is founded. Hands-on projects engage readers’ design skills while essential questions require readers to activate their critical thinking skills to discover the truth about the most important moment in American history.

How—and why—did a passionate collection of under-equipped American rebels go to war and win against the powerful British army? Desperate to be considered an independent country free from the unfair tax laws of the monarchy across the ocean, the rebel colonists relied on their cunning wit, their enthusiastic volunteerism, and their visionary leadership to win an impossible war.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $17.95
  • Hardcover, $22.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

GRL U

Subjects

  • US History

Author
 

Illustrator
Tom Casteel 

Specs

  • 8 x 10
  • 4-color interior
  • 128 pages

Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Timeline
  • Charts
  • Maps
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Index

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619302464
  • Hardcover, 9781619302556

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The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence shows readers how rebel soldiers fought in horrific conditions while their families back home faced their own hardships for the sake of freedom. Students examine primary sources to discover the truth about events leading up to the war and engage in vibrant debate, strategic planning, and literary deconstruction to understand the official documents upon which America is founded. Hands-on projects engage readers’ design skills while essential questions require readers to activate their critical thinking skills to discover the truth about the most important moment in American history.

How—and why—did a passionate collection of under-equipped American rebels go to war and win against the powerful British army? Desperate to be considered an independent country free from the unfair tax laws of the monarchy across the ocean, the rebel colonists relied on their cunning wit, their enthusiastic volunteerism, and their visionary leadership to win an impossible war.


Reviews

Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children’s Media
Additional Plus — Good solid book
“Examine the how and the why a small, ill equipped group of rebels win a war against the powerful British army through eight chapters, colorful maps, textboxes with interesting side notes and timelines. Well written, easy to understand text tells the story of how rebel soldiers fought in horrible conditions, families back home face terrible hardships all for freedom. Readers will look at primary sources to find the truth about events leading up to the Revolution. They will be asked to engage in debate, planning and use their reading skills to understand the documents presented. Twenty hands-on projects designed around essential questions will engage are suggested to engage the reader. Though this might appeal to teachers as a supplement to instruction on the American Revolution it has many features that will draw in the young history enthusiast.”

Children’s Literature
“. . . Readers will encounter of a combination of learning tools that help shed light on the watershed events that embodied the American Revolution in this insightful book. Author Judy Dodge Cummings anchors her storytelling with a well-written and sprightly narrative, including in sidebar tales of important people, battles, and happenings that shaped the war s outcome. Her work is peppered with reflective questions and activities that call upon students to look below the surface of events in order to analyze them. Also included are a series of learning activities that students can do that amplify the time period in question. These activities are fun and include such things as building a mock fort, creating disappearing ink, making a soldier s bread ration, and otherwise recreating aspects of Colonial life. This approach should appeal to readers and helps make this a fun book filled with multiple approaches to learning.”

Publishers Weekly
“Readers can take a hands-on approach to learning about the American Revolution in this addition to the Build It Yourself series.”

School Library Journal April 2015
“Featuring a lively page design, this volume asks readers a series of questions to prompt them to consider the American Revolution. . . Each chapter begins with an essential question that urges students to think and then to examine the data presented in order to craft a thesis statement and response. Along with the standard textual information, pages are filled with sidebars, vocabulary words, and definitions, and QR codes that provide access to primary sources. VERDICT A useful resource.”

Jamie Kallio, author and youth services librarian, Chicago, Illinois
“A fresh look at a defining moment in American history. With its bright and colorful pages, active language, and interesting sidebars, The American Revolution asks pertinent questions and suggests hands-on activities to encourage young readers. Provides a full picture of the experience of American independence as our new country found its way.”

Jodi Baker, elementary teacher, adjunct professor, and educational consultant
“This interactive book will captivate the imaginations of young readers. Hearing both sides of the story encourages students to think for themselves and reflect upon the historical causes and effects of the American Revolution.”

Claire Rudolf Murphy, author
“As a writer of nonfiction for young readers, I know how important it is to make history engaging and entertaining. Cummings’ book pulls it off on all fronts. The primary source material is exceptional, featuring the stories of not only colonial leaders, but also the often ignored people behind the scenes—the women, children, black slaves and Native Americans who also played a part. Cummings’ clear explanations of events make this book a valuable addition to the study of the colonial period.”

Volunteers, American Independence Museum, Exeter, New Hampshire
“All of the docents and educators here at the Museum believe this book breaks down the important history of our country’s founding in an innovative way. The hands-on projects make history tangible, and exciting to our children.”


Look Inside

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Projects

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Signal Lantern

Robert Newman was the caretaker of the Old North Church. On the night of April 18, 1775, he climbed the tall steeple in total darkness. When he reached the top, he lit two lanterns and held them to the window. This signaled to the patriots on the other side of the river that British troops had taken the water route to Concord.

Ask an adult to help you make your own signal lantern.

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF


Author-Illustrator

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Tom Casteel

Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master’s degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. He is working on his first graphic novel.



More Details

Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
GRL: U
Subjects: US History,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Charts, Maps, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children’s Media
Additional Plus — Good solid book
“Examine the how and the why a small, ill equipped group of rebels win a war against the powerful British army through eight chapters, colorful maps, textboxes with interesting side notes and timelines. Well written, easy to understand text tells the story of how rebel soldiers fought in horrible conditions, families back home face terrible hardships all for freedom. Readers will look at primary sources to find the truth about events leading up to the Revolution. They will be asked to engage in debate, planning and use their reading skills to understand the documents presented. Twenty hands-on projects designed around essential questions will engage are suggested to engage the reader. Though this might appeal to teachers as a supplement to instruction on the American Revolution it has many features that will draw in the young history enthusiast.”

Children’s Literature
“. . . Readers will encounter of a combination of learning tools that help shed light on the watershed events that embodied the American Revolution in this insightful book. Author Judy Dodge Cummings anchors her storytelling with a well-written and sprightly narrative, including in sidebar tales of important people, battles, and happenings that shaped the war s outcome. Her work is peppered with reflective questions and activities that call upon students to look below the surface of events in order to analyze them. Also included are a series of learning activities that students can do that amplify the time period in question. These activities are fun and include such things as building a mock fort, creating disappearing ink, making a soldier s bread ration, and otherwise recreating aspects of Colonial life. This approach should appeal to readers and helps make this a fun book filled with multiple approaches to learning.”

Publishers Weekly
“Readers can take a hands-on approach to learning about the American Revolution in this addition to the Build It Yourself series.”

School Library Journal April 2015
“Featuring a lively page design, this volume asks readers a series of questions to prompt them to consider the American Revolution. . . Each chapter begins with an essential question that urges students to think and then to examine the data presented in order to craft a thesis statement and response. Along with the standard textual information, pages are filled with sidebars, vocabulary words, and definitions, and QR codes that provide access to primary sources. VERDICT A useful resource.”

Jamie Kallio, author and youth services librarian, Chicago, Illinois
“A fresh look at a defining moment in American history. With its bright and colorful pages, active language, and interesting sidebars, The American Revolution asks pertinent questions and suggests hands-on activities to encourage young readers. Provides a full picture of the experience of American independence as our new country found its way.”

Jodi Baker, elementary teacher, adjunct professor, and educational consultant
“This interactive book will captivate the imaginations of young readers. Hearing both sides of the story encourages students to think for themselves and reflect upon the historical causes and effects of the American Revolution.”

Claire Rudolf Murphy, author
“As a writer of nonfiction for young readers, I know how important it is to make history engaging and entertaining. Cummings’ book pulls it off on all fronts. The primary source material is exceptional, featuring the stories of not only colonial leaders, but also the often ignored people behind the scenes—the women, children, black slaves and Native Americans who also played a part. Cummings’ clear explanations of events make this book a valuable addition to the study of the colonial period.”

Volunteers, American Independence Museum, Exeter, New Hampshire
“All of the docents and educators here at the Museum believe this book breaks down the important history of our country’s founding in an innovative way. The hands-on projects make history tangible, and exciting to our children.”


Projects

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Signal Lantern

Robert Newman was the caretaker of the Old North Church. On the night of April 18, 1775, he climbed the tall steeple in total darkness. When he reached the top, he lit two lanterns and held them to the window. This signaled to the patriots on the other side of the river that British troops had taken the water route to Concord.

Ask an adult to help you make your own signal lantern.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

author image

Tom Casteel

Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master’s degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. He is working on his first graphic novel.