Monday, October 17, 2016

Teacher Gazette: More Great Yorktown Resources

October's teaching resources from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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Lesson Plan

Many myths surround American military tactics of the Revolutionary War. It is a commonly held belief that American troops were disorganized and undisciplined, using "guerilla tactics" to fight the British. In this lesson, students will learn about the different military tactics and weaponry of the 18th century, and identify the advantages and limitations of each.
Yorktown Primary Source Collection
Documents and Images

This collection of primary source documents and images allow students to uncover the perspectives of people at the time of the surrender. Includes images and documents from British, American, and European observers and contemporaries.
Citizens and Soldiers in the Siege of Yorktown
Lesson Plan

*Teacher Institute Alumni Exclusive*
Students examine the factors that led to the outcome of the siege of Yorktown by evaluating both citizens' and soldiers' experiences.
Teaching Tips: How to Use these Resources
  • Q: What's a good way to introduce primary sources to my students?
    A: A primary source is an original document, artifact, or other material created by someone who participated in or witnessed past events. They are materials directly related to a topic by time or participation. One way to introduce the idea to younger students is to ask them to imagine they are detectives. How would they figure out whodunit? Detectives talk to people who witnessed the event when it happened. When we look at the past, we "talk" to the people who witnessed events by reading and looking at the things they left behind. The Teacher Guide for Research Rescue Squad contains a useful overview for using primary and secondary sources. 
  • Q: I can't access the Teacher Institute Alumni Exclusive lesson plan.
    A: If you are a graduate of Colonial Williamsburg's Teacher Institute, contact us and provide your name and graduation year, and we'll make sure your Resource Library account allows you to access the Teacher Institute section. If you are not an alumni, consider applying this year (full scholarships are available!)


During this weekend workshop, discover how maps, prints, and other historic objects can be used as primary sources in the classroom. Explore in depth the exhibition "We Are One: Mapping the Road from Revolution to Independence" with museum educators and experts. Experience a behind-the-scenes tour of Colonial Williamsburg's historic area and meet people of the past as they bring to life the impact of changing political boundaries during the Revolutionary period. 

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