The American Revolution: Experience The Battle For Independence by Judy Dodge CummingsThe American Revolution: Experience The Battle For Independence by Judy Dodge Cummings

The American Revolution: Experience The Battle For Independence

byJudy Dodge CummingsIllustratorTom Casteel

Paperback | March 17, 2015

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Kids love stories about underdogs, and the American Revolution is among the most famous of these tales. Desperate to be an independent country free from Britain, the rebel colonists relied on their cunning wit and visionary leadership to win an impossible war. And then they faced the real hardship-creating a country out of a victorious but chaotic society.Using engaging text, hands-on activities, and links to primary sources, The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence shows readers how rebel soldiers fought in horrific conditions while their families faced their own hardships for the sake of freedom. Students examine wartime propaganda to discover the truth about events leading up to the war, and engage in vibrant debate, strategic planning, and literary deconstruction to understand the official documents upon which America is founded. Building a marshmallow cannon and creating real colonial food are some of the projects that engage readers' design skills. Essential questions require readers to activate their critical thinking skills to discover the truth about the most important moment in American history. The American Revolution meets Common Core State Standards for literacy in history and social studies; Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.
Judy Dodge Cummings has taught American history for 25 years. She has a BA in Broadfield Social Studies and a MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Teens. She is the author of numerous articles as well as The Civil War; Pope John Paul: Religious Leader and Humanitarian ; and Exploring Polar Regions . Judy lives in Reedsburg, Wiscons...
Title:The American Revolution: Experience The Battle For IndependenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.68 inPublished:March 17, 2015Publisher:Nomad PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1619302462

ISBN - 13:9781619302464


Table of Contents

Introduction: The Birth of a Nation
Chapter 1: Blood on the Commons
Chapter 2: The Roots of Rebellion
Chapter 3: A Harbor Full of Tea
Chapter 4: A Declaration is Made
Chapter 5: The Grim Tides of War
Chapter 6: Everyday Life During War
Chapter 7: Victory at Last
Chapter 8: The Perils and Promises of Peace

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence Publishers Weekly '. . . Sidebars supplement the material with vocabulary definitions, trivia, and additional information about such figures as Thomas Paine, Benedict Arnold, and Phillis Wheatley. Cartoon illustrations and 25 activities create a lively learning experience . . .' Children's Literature '. . . . Author Judy Dodge Cummings anchors her storytelling with a well-written and sprightly narrative, including in sidebar tales of important people, battles, and happenings that shaped the wars outcome . . .' School Library Journal Featuring a lively page design, this volume asks readers a series of questions to prompt them to consider the American Revolution. . . Along with the standard textual information, pages are filled with sidebars, vocabulary words, and definitions, and QR codes that provide access to primary sources. VERDICT A useful resource; purchase as needed."Jamie Kallio, author and youth services librarian, Chicago, Illinois'A fresh look at a defining moment in American history. With its bright and colorful pages, active language, and interesting sidebars, The American Revolution asks pertinent questions and suggests hands-on activities to encourage young readers.'Jodi Baker, elementary teacher, adjunct professor, and educational consultant'This interactive book will captivate the imaginations of young readers.'Claire Rudolf Murphy, author'As a writer of nonfiction for young readers, I know how important it is to make history engaging and entertaining. Cummings' book pulls it off on all fronts.'Volunteers, American Independence Museum, Exeter, New Hampshire'All of the docents and educators here at the Museum believe this book breaks down the important history of our country's founding in an innovative way. The hands-on projects make history tangible, and exciting to our children.' Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Media Additional Plus - Good solid bookExamine the how and the why a small, ill equipped group of rebels win a war against the powerful British army through eight chapters, colorful maps, textboxes with interesting side notes and timelines. Well written, easy to understand text tells the story of how rebel soldiers fought in horrible conditions, families back home face terrible hardships all for freedom. Readers will look at primary sources to find the truth about events leading up to the Revolution. They will be asked to engagein debate, planning and use their reading skills to understand the documents presented. Twenty hands-on projects designed around essential questions will engage are suggested to engage the reader. Though this might appeal to teachers as a supplement to instruction on the American Revolution it has many features that will draw in the young history enthusiast."From other titles in the Build It series:Praise for Micronations: Invent Your Own Country and Culture with 25 Projects Seth Dixon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Rhode Island College'A delightful resource to help students understand all the inner workings of a country. This hands-on, creative approach will capture imaginations and is destined to make geography come alive for countless children.'His Excellency President Kevin Baugh, Republic of Molossia'. . . a great book, very entertaining and informative. It's a fun read and a great resource for anyone, young and old, who would like to start their own micronation-and I should know, I've been running my own micronation for 36 years!'Praise for Cities: Discover How They Work with 25 Projects Booklist 'Propounding the emerging interdisciplinary paradigm of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and design, and mathematics), this hands-on informational book discusses how cities' complex structures and systems function together in an interdependent way. . . Basics of civil engineering are introduced and potential future problems of city life are explored. Through appealing illustrations, reader-friendly text, and fun, hands-on experiments suitable for home and classroom, Reilly helpsfoster an appreciation for the way that cities function almost as organisms with vibrant systems and interdependent structures.' "