Civil War Trust Animated Map: Entire Revolutionary War

A thorough and measured look at the American Revolution includes movements on an animated map, high-quality reenactments, and instructive narration that takes learners through the vital first steps of the United States of America.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Divide the video into three parts and show each part in the context of your curriculum
  • Have small groups choose one battle and note the way it is depicted in the video versus its depiction in their textbooks or other sources
  • Assign an argument paper based on the video's final statement about America's ability to govern itself and treat its fellow citizens as equals
Classroom Considerations

  • Video is most effective if learners have prior knowledge of the causes of the American Revolution, as it does not provide many details prior to the Battles of Lexington and Concord
  • Reenactments of battles show fallen soldiers and musket fire
  • Comment section is open to the public and is full of opinions

  • Includes many iconic quotes and images from the war that connect to learners' cultural literacy
  • At 18 minutes long, the video is flexible addition to a history class
  • Sophisticated map depictions are helpful in understanding the movements of the war

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