Virtual Storytelling for Seventh Grade
The American Revolution in Virtual Tales for Seventh Grade
Online Stories of Intrigue, Battles, & Teens
Engage your seventh graders with ten intriguing tales gleaned from the annals of New York during the times trying even for teen-aged souls; the American Revolution. Curriculum-based, drawn directly from primary sources, with a follow-up activity, students will watch, listen, write and learn.
~ A Live Online performance program, featuring three stories of your choice from the Revolution in New York.
~ Four live online class workshops - students learn to use primary sources to inspire their creative writing
~ A fifteen minute writing activity launch.
Virtual Revolutionary Tales for Seventh Graders -
"Rebel or Tory? Seabury V. Hamilton" Students listen to the American Loyalist who said democracy was "mob rule" a 'nest of Scorpions!' Students hear what Alexander Hamilton had to say about rebelling against a tyrant king.
` Students debate and write a letter to a friend taking a side showing why.
"42,000 Bullets!" -When the Declaration of Independence was read in New York City, "Rebels" tore down the statue of King George. Students discover how a twelve-year-old lead the way turning the statue lead into bullets.
~Students write a letter to a friend explaining why and how the made the bullets.
"Sybil’s Revered Ride "– The story of the teen from Dutchess County who outrode Paul Revere.
~ Students will write a letter from another character’s point of view to show how they felt about Sybil’s Ride.
"Tales from the Journal of Joseph Plum Martin" - who wrote... "So desperate were the men that several roasted and ate their own shoes” and “I was afterward informed by one of the officer’s waiters, that some of the officers killed and ate a favourite little dog that belonged to one of them.”
~ Students after listening to tales harrowing and heartening will write their own first person version of what happened.
"The Intriguing Tale True of Robert Shurtlief" - Who really was this strangely brave soldier from Boston fighting in Westchester at the end of the Revolution?
~ Students will pretend to be Shurtlief explaining what happened during those trying times. A mystery will be revealed!
"George Washington & the Smallpox Pandemic" - More people died of "the pox". than bullets during the American Revolution. Many opposed the crude vaccination of the day. Students find out how Washington kept the USA safe.
~ Students write a letter to a friend describing Smallpox and their "shot."
"Washington’s Watch Chain" The British almost cut the new United States along the Hudson River. The Americans responded with chains. The first got cut. The second held together the new nation.
~ Students pretend to be a British spy reporting on the Great Chain across the Hudson.
"Washington Makes a Spectacle" (Saves the new nation!) - Officers of the Continental Army planned totake over the new government of the United States. George Washington stopped them by putting on a pair of reading glasses! How?
~ Students will write a letter showing why they were mad at the government and how Washington changed their minds.
Teacher's Choice - Ask for a story from your locale or another battle during the Revolution in New York. Consider; The Battle of Brooklyn, Saratoga -The Turning Point of the Revolution, the Burning of Kingston, Oriskany, Stanwix, Stony Point, White Plains, there's more! Ask.