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Revolutionary War Battles

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

Geography

Government, Politics & Civics

History

Experience a battle in the American Revolution from both sides. Accuracy is key in this assignment.

avatar Submitted By: Meagan Frazier

December 1, 2017

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

U.S. History.org
http://www.ushistory.org/us/11.asp

Details of the American Revolution.

Battles of the American Revolution
http://theamericanrevolution.org/battles.aspx

Battle Details

History Junkie
http://thehistoryjunkie.com/revolutionary-war-battles/

Battle Details including myths, causes, and effects.

Clothing and Equipment of Revolutionary War Soldiers
https://www.nps.gov/mima/learn/education/upload/essentials.pdf

PDF from National Park Service

Learning Objectives

  • Students will recreate a battle from the American revolution in Minecraft.
  • Students will work cooperatively in groups.
  • Students will research a battle of the American Revolution.

Guiding Ideas

  • The goals of one often come at a cost to another.
  • What helped the Americans win the Revolution against the strongest Army in the world?
  • Although the Americans won the war, were they justified in starting it?
  • What key leadership moves and strategies help win battles?
  • What sacrifices did the colonists make in order to win independence?
  • Draw the distinction between heroism and leadership.

Student Activities

  • Using their research and the information from their research organizer, students will create a battle replica in Minecraft that contains all the important information from the battle for each side. Replicas must be historically accurate in terms of weapons, buildings, structures, etc. Note the effect that geography may have had on the battle results. 
    • Make it as historically accurate as possible. Consider resources like fresh water, trees, and a coastline. Build or download appropriate structures, skins, and shelters. Include appropriate animals, vehicles, and people, rations, and weapons. Make it detailed. Be prepared to give a tour or “walk-through” of your battle when you present to the class.
  • Write a one-two page (250-500 words) post-project reflection outlining the details of creation, evolution, and knowledge gained including how you have changed as a result of this project.

Performance Expectations

You will be graded on four components:

  1. Project design draft (20 points)
  2. Finished project (60 points)
  3. Oral Presentation (30 points)
  4. Post-Project Reflection Essay (40 points)

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

U.S. History.org
http://www.ushistory.org/us/11.asp

Details of the American Revolution.

Battles of the American Revolution
http://theamericanrevolution.org/battles.aspx

Battle Details

History Junkie
http://thehistoryjunkie.com/revolutionary-war-battles/

Battle Details including myths, causes, and effects.

Clothing and Equipment of Revolutionary War Soldiers
https://www.nps.gov/mima/learn/education/upload/essentials.pdf

PDF from National Park Service