The American Revolution
can be an exciting time for students to learn about because heroes stepped forward and there was a struggle between the upper hand and the underdog, but it can be overwhelming for students because of how much there is to cover. However, with these 15 paintings and 15 quotes from the American Revolution, students are able to have something to refer back to, thus allowing them to gain a firmer grip of this fascinating time period.
Please note that THREE
of the quotes are repeated in the two products. This is done intentionally so once again, they have something to refer back to. If you do the paintings first and then have students do the quotes at a different time you'll most likely hear, "Oh! I remember this one! Now how did that quote go?"
American Revolution - 15 Famous Mystery Phrases - Research, Writing, & Analysis
Included in this package are 15 famous people from the American Revolution who said something that was powerful at the time and still resonates in our minds today. The phrases are to be found by students using whatever research methods you decide on.
The 15 Phrases are accompanied by two different writing tasks of your choice:
Option #1 is set up for students to identify what was being said in the bubble captions, explain what the phrase means, and explain what was happening during the revolution that led to the phrase being said.
Option #2 is more advanced in terms of students choosing two of the phrases that have been discovered and identify key words, find synonyms that could have been used, identify what the words mean, and write a critical analysis as to whether or not they believe the phrase is a valid and meaningful part of American History.
The Phrases Included are:
- "If this be treason, make the most of it!"
John Paul Jones
- "I have not yet begun to fight!"
- "My only regret is I only have one life to give for my country."
- "There! His majesty can no read my name without glasses!"
- "A man's house is his castle."
- "These are the times that try men's souls."
- "Don't fire unless fired upon. But if they mean to have a way, let it begin here."
Israel Putnam/William Prescott
- "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!"
- "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."
- "...life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness>"
- "Tell General Sullivan to use the bayonet. I am resolved to take Trenton."
- "Facts are stubborn things."
- "The regulars are coming!"
- "One if by land, two if by sea."
- "Give me liberty, or give me death!
The Paintings of the American Revolution - 15 Paintings, Lesson, & Worksheet
This product allows your students an opportunity to look at 15 select paintings that depict an event (accurate or not) about a time in the American Revolution that made an impact. Students will analyze 15 different paintings (in a .pdf format) that you can choose to print and place in binders or show on the screen for the whole class to see. Students will make assumptions as to what they think was accurate in the painting, inaccurate in the painting, and what event they think the painting is depicting. Not all of their inferences may have an explanation behind them that you will know the answer to, and that's OK. If they are curious enough they will find out on their own. At least it gets them thinking and putting themselves in the moment of the painting.
The paintings included in this product depict:
1. The Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Boston
2. Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty, or give me death!" speech
3. The Boston Tea Party
4. Paul Revere's Midnight Ride
5. The Battles of Lexington & Concord
6. The Second Continental Congress Voting for Independence
7. Washington Crossing the Delaware
8. Betsy Ross and the First American Flag
9. Washington Praying at Valley Forge
10. John Paul Jones "I have not yet begun to fight!"
11. The Surrender at Yorktown
12. Baron von Steuben Training Washington's Troops at Valley Forge
13. The Signing of the Treaty of Paris
14. Washington's Farewell to His Officers
15. "Molly Pitcher" at the Battle of Monmouth
I teach 8th grade U.S. History and students have enjoyed this activity in the past and it gets them active in their learning, allows them to talk with a partner, and tricks them into learning about history--my favorite part!
Check out some of my other U.S. History Products:
Bill of Rights Singing Activity
Cloze Reading Strategy - The Road to Revolution Quiz
Cloze Reading Strategy - Feudalism to the French and Indian War
Cloze Style Quiz - The Articles of Confederation to the U.S. Constitution
The Articles of Confederation - Federalist vs. Anti-Federalist Survey Included
Jeopardy Review Game
American Revolution Bundle of 8 Different Activities
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