Identifying the importance of the Battle of Great Bridge, the ride of Jack Jouett, and the American victory at Yorktown.
SUGGESTED INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES
- Guide students to identify that the last major battle of the Revolutionary War was fought at Yorktown, Virginia.
- Help students understand that the American victory at Yorktown resulted in the surrender of the English army, bringing an end to the war.
- Set up simulations where some students portray George Washington, Continental soldiers, French soldiers, General Cornwallis, and the Redcoats. Share that Cornwallis and his men needed supplies such as food and ammunition. (Have a prop on a table away from this group of children protected by the children portraying the French and children portraying George Washington and his soldiers.) Cornwallis and his men attempt to get to the supplies they need, but are unsuccessful because they are surrounded by forces on all sides. Cornwallis must surrender (give child playing Cornwallis a white flag).
- Share pictures of American victory at Yorktown. (The New Nation.pdf) Explain that we are now a free country that must form its own government.
- Give the students a sequence activity to review events of the Revolutionary War, or have students complete a cause-and-effect activity similar to the one on Jamestown.
- Hold a student Quilting Bee. Give students 4" x 4" square pieces of tag board. Have them illustrate and label events, people, and/or documents from the Revolutionary War. Connect all squares, and ask a parent volunteer to display them on background paper. Display the completed project in the classroom or the hall.
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