Final Projects The final project for this unit of study will be divided into two sections. You will be required to do the following parts of your final project alone: Choose a character Research that character, using books, magazines
Final Projects The final project for this unit of study will be divided into two sections. You will be required to do the following parts of your final project alone:
Choose a character
Research that character, using books, magazines, websites, and other resources. Make sure you are using both primary and secondary sources.
Put together a timeline of that character’s life, including important dates throughout with descriptions (Due May 1st)
Acrostic Poem of this person (full name) OR BioPoem (Due May 3rd)
Sketch of person, complete with clothing they would have worn at the time
(Due May 3rd)
Video Project: You will work with three other students (chosen by me) to create a roundtable debate show on the American Revolution. All four of you will be in character the entire time, including dress and mannerism. You will introduce yourselves and give a brief biography of yourself. Then, with the help of the moderator (chosen by me), you will engage in a debate about the war. As a class we will come up with some framework questions to start the debate with, but it is your group’s responsibility to generate a lively discussion. After you have practiced your “show” you will then videotape it, and using iMovie you will edit: add transitions, music, and titles. Your final project will then be shown to the class and compiled onto a DVD with the other groups’ work.
Characters of American Revolution
Paul Revere- rider for the Continental Army. Along with others, rode into Massachusetts to warn of an impending British attack.
Molly Pitcher- wife of a soldier. Helped out on the battlefield, bringing water to the soldiers, and eventually taking over the firing of a cannon.
King George- leader of England at the time of the Revolutionary War. Attempted to impose many taxes on the colonies to help pay for the French and Indian war that had just ended.
Thomas Jefferson- drafted the Declaration of Independence. Third president of the United States.
Peggy Arnold- wife of Benedict Arnold, stealthy spy and excellent actress. Played off that she was innocent when they were found out. The highest paid spy of the American Revolution.
Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman- former slave who sued her master for her freedom and won. This case helped to abolish slavery in her state. Worked as a paid midwife and nurse.
Marquis de Lafayette- Frenchman who was sympathetic to the American cause. Volunteered himself to work with the Continental Army. Good friend of George Washington.
John Adams- one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. First vice president and second president of the United States.
Martha Washington- wife of George Washington. Ran a large plantation alone for eight years while her husband was off to war. Helped care for the sick and hungry during the winter of 1777 at Valley Forge. The original First Lady of the United States.
Phillis Wheatley- former slave who was bought by a family that educated her. By age 12 she could read and write English, Greek, and Latin. By age 13 she had written her first poem. Had a book of her poetry published, which was a best seller in London. Advocate for freedom of all.
John Hancock- first signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Crispus Attucks- freed slave who was the first person to be killed during the Boston Massacre, one of the most important moments in the years leading up the Revolutionary War.
George Washington- head of the Continental Army, first president of the United States.
Sam Adams- cousin of John Adams, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Stronger supporter of the American desire for freedom than his cousin initially.
Israel Bissell- a little known post rider who also rode for the Continental Army. Once rode over 300 miles delivering news to the soldiers along the way.
Benjamin Franklin- well known inventor (the lightning rod, among other things), diplomat, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Deborah Sampson (Samson)- Joined the Continental Army at the age of 22, and served on a special unit of rangers due to her good marksmanship. Was found out while recovering from an illness, and spent the rest of her days giving speeches about her experiences. The first woman to join an American Army.
Abigail Adams- wife of John Adams, ran the family business while he was in Philadelphia with the Continental Congress. Pressed her husband to “remember the ladies” and to outlaw slavery while writing the Declaration of Independence.
Sybil (Sibyl) Ludington- rider for the Continental Army. At the age of 16 rode through Connecticut, bringing news of an impending British attack.
Benedict Arnold- general in the Continental Army who, along with his wife, passed on secrets to the British Army.
Final Project Scoring Guides
Timeline of character
Timeline is well designed, and includes both dates and descriptions. Includes birth, death, and other important times in the life of the character.
Timeline includes dates and some descriptions. Includes
birth, death, and other important times in the life of the character.
Timeline includes dates, but no descriptions. Is missing important dates such as birth or death.
Websites Colonial Williamsburg: 18th Century—History Explorer http://www.history.org/Almanack/almanack.cfm The Road to Revolution: A Revolutionary Game http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/game/index.html The American Revolution http://www.mce.k12tn.net/revolutionary_war/american_revolution.htm Biographies of the Founding Fathers
http://www.colonialhall.com The ABCs of the American Revolution http://www.empire.k12.ca.us/empire/Projects/lwilloug/abcmenu.htm The History Place: The American Revolution
http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/revolution/index.html Miss Brous’ WebQuest
http://fg.ed.pacificu.edu/sweb/brous/Webqueststudent.html Website on the History of America
www.ushistory.org American Revolution Website
http://www.americanrevolution.org/home.html The American Revolution
http://www.americanrevolution.com/ American Revolution ThinkQuest
http://library.thinkquest.org/TQ0312848/home.htm Women of the Revolutionary War