American Revolution Primary Sources are just what teachers need to help students learn how to analyze primary sources in order to meet Common Core State Standards!
Students participate in active learning by creating their own interpretations of history using historical documents. Students make observations, generate questions, organize information and ideas, think analytically, write persuasively or informatively, and cite evidence to support their opinion, hypotheses, and conclusions. Students learn how to integrate and evaluate information to deepen their understanding of historical events. As a result, students experience a more relevant and meaningful learning experience.
The 20 American Revolution Primary Sources are:
1. Political cartoon first created in 1754 during the French and Indian War, later used as a symbol of the American Revolution
2. Engraving of King George III – 1762
3. Political cartoon depicting a mock funeral for the Stamp Act, after it was repealed – 1766
4. Engraving depicting the Boston Massacre – 1770
5. Various first-hand accounts of the Boston Massacre – 1770
6. Lithograph (1846) of The Destruction of Tea at Boston Harbor – December 1773
7. Political cartoon entitled, “Bostonians Paying the Excise Man” – October 1774
8. Depictions of Paul Revere’s Ride in 1775
9. Map of the town and harbor of Boston and the surrounding area, showing the road to Concord and the various encampments of British and colonial troops — 1775
10. Illustration (1876) depicting Patrick Henry delivering his famous speech to the Virginia Assembly – 1775
11. John Trumbull’s painting (1818) of the committee presenting its draft of the Declaration of Independence at the Second Continental Congress – July 1776
12. Engraving showing the destruction of the statue of King George III in New York City – July 9, 1776
13. The first official broadside of the Declaration of Independence that included the names of the signers – 1777
14. Political cartoon entitled, “Poor Old England endeavoring to reclaim his wicked American children” – April 1777
15. Painting of British troops leaving Saratoga, New York, after defeat by U.S. General Horatio Gates – October 1777
16. Depictions of life during the winter at Valley Forge – 1777
17. British political cartoon during the American Revolution – 1779
18. Recollections of an enslaved African American in the Revolutionary Army – 1777-1783
19. Depictions of heroines of the American Revolution – 1777-1783
20. The surrender of British General Cornwallis to the joint efforts of George Washington and the French navy – 1781
Your students will:
…think critically and analytically, interpret events, and question various perspectives of history.
…participate in active learning by creating their own interpretations instead of memorizing facts and a writer’s interpretations.
…integrate and evaluate information provided in diverse media formats to deepen their understanding of historical events.
…experience a more relevant and meaningful learning experience.