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

Illustrated by Tom Casteel

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 Read More

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Hardcover, $22.95
9781619302556
Paperback, $17.95
9781619302464
eBook, $12.95
9781619302488
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Charts | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: U.S. History

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Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Media: Additional Plus -- Good solid book
“ 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. 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. 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
“Featuring a lively page design, this volume asks readers a series of questions to prompt them to consider the American Revolution. 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.”

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.”

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.”

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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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Timeline

Map

Introduction
The Birth of a Nation

Chapter 1
Blood on the Commons

Chapter 2
The Roots of Rebellion

Chapter 3
A Harbor Full of Tea

Chapter 4
A Declaration Is Made

Chapter 5
The Grim Tides of War

Chapter 6
Everyday Life During War

Chapter 7
Victory at Last

Chapter 8
The Promise of Peace

Glossary
Resources
Index