Life of a Private Lesson Plan

In order to understand the challenges the Continental Army faced during the American Revolution, class members analyze primary source materials including a soldier's journal and an officer's letter, and watch a short reenactment video.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Project and discuss an image of Emanuel Leutze's 1851 painting, "Washington Crossing the Delaware"
Classroom Considerations

  • Part of a series on the American Revolution in which each lesson addresses a supporting question and prepares scholars to answer the unit's essential question

  • The soldier's letter details the harsh conditions the soldiers had to endure