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?