Road to the American Revolution Brought Alive in the Classroom
Teachers can revolutionize their curriculum by bringing theBoston Tea Party Ships & Museumintotheir classroom.Through this virtual experience, students learn about the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution by playing an active role debating taxation without representation, and the issues that pushed Massachusetts down the road to revolution. Students will storm aboard one of the museum’s eighteenth-century replica vessels and cast off the yoke of tyranny by destroying the Crown’s tea. They will get a taste of what life was like in the eighteenth century by exploring below decks onboard one of the vessels that moored at Griffin’s Wharf that fateful night. Finally, students will discover how the Sons of Liberty successfully overcame obstacles to accomplish their goals and achieve independence. The cost of this virtual tour and experience is $250. Teachers can register online for freelesson plans.
Plus: Other virtual experiencesare available as well—for example, the Boston Massacre Trial is a reenactment that captures the tensions in the town between the occupying force of British regulars and the Sons of Liberty. Students will be greeted by John Adams, who will present a compelling argument in defense of the soldiers, and Robert Treat Paine, who will argue that the redcoats should be found guilty. Students play the role of witnesses, magistrates, and jurors in this reenactment of the historic trial held just months after the tragic event.
The National WWII Museum engages with learners from all across the world through a variety of online and distance learning programs to connect audiences with World War II (WWII) history and honor the generation who sacrificed so much to secure our freedom. The museum’s programs include a broad range of online learning experiences and topics, allowing students and educators to learn significant WWII stories, including Pearl Harbor, the Home Front, and D-Day, without having to leave their classrooms.
As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has announced the 50 States, 1 Nation Contest, a new essay competition for elementary school students in the 2019–2020 school year. The goal of this new contest is to help expand students’ understanding of how their families, towns, and states connect with one another and with American history.
Ken Burns, who has used archival footage and photographs to tell uniquely American stories, has launched a new site for educators called Ken Burns in the Classroom on PBS LearningMedia. The site is an online destination for free teaching and learning resources inspired by his documentaries.