Week 4 in American History for Teenagers – How’d It Go?

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Sit down! Sit down! Sit down! Sit down! Sit down, you’re rocking the boat! Managed to mention the Little Ice Age in this context as well. Tee Hee!

Ruthless editing brought the handouts all the way down to 32 pages: an American Revolution to Constitution timeline, a map of key battles and troop movements, brief bios of 5 Founding Fathers – and, what the heck, the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and  Bill of Rights.

Was way late – the stupid printer was off-line for some reason, took me – with IT help – 30 minutes to get it back going. This is twice in 4 classes that I’ve been late. Great model of adult responsibility, me.

Finally got going at 3:50. 2 kids skipped out because it was so late – they’d gone on to the next interesting thing. So, 5 kids. The only feedback that really matters is that they show up, but they did seem to get into it. Tried to emphasize how iffy the Revolution was, how support for it was hardly universal among colonists, and that some of the battles were basically colonists versus colonists, revolutionaries versus loyalists. It was only after France and Spain got involved that victory started to seem likely. The Founding Documents were given for reading on their own. We’ll go over them a little next time, as we cover the early Republic up to the Civil War.

So: picked 5 Founding Fathers for whom to give short bios. Which 5 would you pick?

Author: Joseph Moore

Enough with the smarty-pants Dante quote. Just some opinionated blogger dude.

5 thoughts on “Week 4 in American History for Teenagers – How’d It Go?”

  1. Well, George (call me predictable). Patrick Henry and Thomas Paine (the ones that really made me care about the Revolution). Sam Adams. Thom Jefferson (who had such close connections to the town I live in.) I could talk for hours about those men – not that I’m encouraging you to be long-winded….

    1. Nothing wrong with that set. Swap Paine for Franklin, and John for Sam, that’s my list. Couldn’t leave Ben off, but cutting Paine is hard to do, too. And I just love John Adams – perhaps the last completely honest President we’ve had, and a loving husband, in addition to the whole heroic genius thing. To me, seems like there are 3 that leap out:


      Then, you pick the next two based on whatever point you want to make: Patrick Henry was your out of control hot-head with an insane education history, so a good contrast to the top 3; John Adams is just a personal fav, but maybe more for his Presidency and honesty that for his (significant) contributions to the war. Sam and Paine are also very good picks.

    1. Also fine choices, but they lost out last week because they will be talked about a little this week as we discuss the Constitution. Too many Fathers, too little time!

  2. P.S. HBO did a thing on Adams a couple of years ago which was outstanding. You should see it iif you haven’t.

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