Signal Lantern

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.
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A Monumental History

A Monumental History

From Reconstruction

Monuments designed to honor places, events, or people stand in public places across the United States. Some, such as the Lincoln Memorial and the Statue of Liberty, are classic icons. Others, such as the 2,000-pound African Killer Bee located in Hidalgo, Texas, are less than traditional. Monuments are often controversial. What is honorable to one person may be offensive to another. Also, the meanings of monuments change as the culture around them evolves. What do...

Does Racial Inequality Exist in Your School?

Does Racial Inequality Exist in Your School?

From Changing Laws

It can sometimes be hard to recognize racial inequality when it doesn’t directly affect you. Take a look at the statistics relating to your own school and see if anything surprised you.



From Singing for Equality

Music of the Civil Rights Era arose from several different styles of music, most notably gospel, folk, blues, and jazz. What did these different styles offer? How did they combine to form music that was completely new?

Planning a Boycott

Planning a Boycott

From Boycotts, Strikes, and Marches

Segregated buses and trains were only one of the ways whites discriminated against African Americans in the Jim Crow South. A boycott is the act of refusing to buy, use, or participate in something as a form of protest. Why didn’t the African American community use boycotts more often in their fight against segregation?



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.”

Detailed Book Description

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.

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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




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