Road to Independence
Key Battles of the Revolutionary War
VIEW AS A CLASS & THEN DISCUSS:
video - Brattonsville-Choosing Sides/ The SouthernCampaign (8:46) Knowitall.org
video - Huck's Defeat/ Palmetto Scene (1:32) Knowitall.org
chart paper or poster board, cut in half
pencils (for sketching)
Clashes and Battles and Wars...OH MY!
This lesson helps students understand the nature of battles in the Revolutionary War, and that all colonists were not on the side of the "new country" separating from the British crown. Some colonists did not want war at all.
Also addressed in this lesson is how the soldiers of each side wore identifiable uniforms, but citizens who helped out with battles (supporting either side) fought in their regular clothes when they had a chance to fight. These groups of "occasional soldiers" fought in a new style nicknamed guerilla warfare.
Were all colonists living in the 13 colonies in favor of independence from England? What were the reasons for some colonists supporting the idea of becoming a separate country? And for other colonists, what were the reasons for staying loyal to the King and the idea of British rule?