Lesson details


Social Studies

English Language Arts


Reading - Informational Text

The American Revolution



Language, Craft, and Structure-Anaylze/critique print and mutimedia structures

Meaning and Context-Cite evidence to support analysis

Meaning and Context-Provide objective summary

Meaning, Context, and Craft-Write argument text

Rebellion and Conflict

Recommended Technology: 

Computer with internet.

Other instructional materials or notes: 

This lesson can easily be done without computer technology, but the teacher will need to provide copies of the primary documents.

The Southern Campaign - The Battle at Guilford Courthouse

1-2 hours
Lesson type: 
Traditional Lesson
Lesson overview: 

The Revolutionary War in the South laid the groundwork for the eventual Patriot victory at Yorktown. There were many battles with both successes and defeats. Students will be asked to explore each southern battle with the primary essential question in mind. To guide them along this path, activities have been created that highlight certain aspects of southern battles, and where appropriate, show the connectivity of battles. Each battle will have a “Driving Question” that ties to the “Essential Question”. Students will be asked to complete activities that answer the “Driving Question”, culminating in a final project.

Essential Question: 

How did the South Carolina frontier experience affect the outcome of Revolutionary War battles fought during the Southern Campaign?

Driving QuestionThe Southern Campaign was launched in 1780. Why did the battle of Guilford Courthouse, just a year later in 1781, end the British desire to continue fighting in the South?

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