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VS.5 Overview

Colonization and Conflict: 1607 through the American Revolution

The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the American Revolution by


  1. identifying the reasons why the colonies went to war with Great Britian as expressed in the Declaration of Independence;

  2. identifying the various roles played by whites, enslaved African Americans, free African Americans, and American Indians in the Revolutionary War era, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and James Lafayette;

  3. identifying the importance of the Battle of Great Bridge, the ride of Jack Jouett, and the American victory at Yorktown.

LITERATURE RESOURCES

Brenner, Barbara.
If You Were There in 1776. Simon & Schuster, 1994.
This book recounts what was happening in the colonies in 1776 describing both the people and events of both the Old World and the New World.

Curtis, Alice Turner.
Little Maid of Virginia.  Applewood, 1998.  
Rose Elinor Moore was eleven when her cousin Mary Lou Abbott came to visit her at her home near Yorktown, Virginia, in the spring of 1781 during the Revolutionary War.  They had many adventures together and even witnessed Cornwallis's surrender.

Freedman, Russell.
Give Me Liberty!: The Story of the Declaration of Independence.  Holiday House, 2000.
This informational book is about the events leading to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and includes snapshots into the lives of Virginians who were there.

Fritz, Jean.
Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George?.  Paper Star Publisher, 1997.
The biography of George the Third, King of Britain, at the time of the American Revolution is presented in this non-fiction novel.

Fritz, Jean.
Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?. Paperstar, 1997.
An interesting biography of Patrick Henry tracing his life from planter to statesman of Virginia is covered in this book filled with all sorts of information about his life.

McGovern, Ann.
If You Lived During Colonial Times. Scholastic Trade, 1964.
If you lived during colonial times, what kind of clothes would you wear? Would you go to school? What would happen if you didn’t behave? This book will answer questions that students might have about this time period.

Olasky, Susan.
Annie Henry and the Birth of Liberty.  Wheaton, IL:  Crossway Books, 1995.
In 1775 in Virginia, Patrick Henry's ten-year-old daughter Annie, tries to concentrate on her day-to-day activities but is increasingly caught up in her father's role in the colonists' growing unrest.
(Adventures of the American Revolution Series)

Olasky, Susan.
Annie Henry and the Mysterious Stranger.  Wheaton, IL:  Crossway Books, 1996.
Ten-year-old Annie Henry encounters conflicting values during the year she lives with her father in the Governor's Mansion in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Olasky, Susan.
Annie Henry and the Redcoats.  Wheaton, IL:  Crossway Books, 1996.  
In 1789, the year Annie Henry turns sixteen, her family moves to Leatherwood on the Virginia frontier and she ends up in Richmond, where she gets a close look at the Revolutionary War.

TEACHER BACKGROUND RESOURCES

WEB SITES

  • http://www.vahistorical.org/what-you-can-see/story-virginia?legacy=true
    The Virginia Historical Society created this Web site based on its long-term exhibition, The Story of Virginia: An American Experience. The site features ten easy-to-read, detailed chapters on Virginia history from prehistoric times to the present. Additional enhancements, such as 100 downloadable images of artifacts, photographs, paintings, and documents from the collections, Standards of Learning references, chapter outlines, and suggested classroom activities, make this a comprehensive Web site on Virginia history. The site is completely searchable and includes numerous links to other resources on the Web. The Story of Virginia-Online provides teachers, students, scholars, and history enthusiasts with a complete resource for projects, research, and classroom instruction.

  • http://www.kidport.com/RefLib/UsaHistory/AmericanRevolution/Quest.htm
    A quick overview of the Revolutionary War is found at this Web site.

  • http://www.state.de.us/facts/ushist/revfacts.htm
    Little known facts about the Revolutionary War can be found at this site.

  • http://www.ushistory.org/march/games/rebus.htm
    Rebus Game: Fun History Game of 1777.




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