Teacher's Guide for COBBLESTONE ® The Battles of Lexington and Concord
Teacher Guide prepared by: Celestine Smith Candida, history teacher at St. Mark's Episcopal School, Downey, CA.
- Students will be able to discuss the political implications leading up to the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.
- Explain the saying "no taxation without representation."
- Pick one of the acts listed on the Path to War time line and explain the economic impact on the colonies.
- Explain the Massachusetts leaders' strategy of wanting the English to fire first.
- Create an encyclopedia of historical figures using the people mentioned in this issue.
- Write a journal entry as a minuteman during one of the battles.
- Read "The Battle of Lexington" and "The Battle of Concord" and have students write a British response to these accounts.
- What were the roles of African Ameicans and women during this time?
- Explain the difference between Paul Revere the man and the myth.
Set up a reading corner and include the works of the authors mentioned in "Famous Descendants of Famous Patriots."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Louisa May Alcott
- Henry David Thoreau
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- Create a flash card game based on the life of each author.
- Have students write mini-reviews of the books by an author mentioned in "Famous Descendants of Famous Patriots." Place all the reviews in a binder and give them to your school library.
- Create a dictionary using all the vocabulary words in this issue.
- Have students create their own secret code to get messages past the British army to the American troops.
- Design travel brochures on the cities of Lexington and Concord today.
- Use the information in "Intelligence, Counterintelligence, and Gunpowder" as the basis for Benjamin Church's trial for treason.
- The use of propaganda played an important role in getting the other colonies to join with Massachusetts against Great Britain. Explain the different types of propaganda and how they were used on the other colonies.