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The War in the North, 1775–1778

Using primary source documents, including maps, learners examine Revolutionary War events from 1775 to 1778. The focus here is on the challenges George Washington and the Continental army faced and how they persevered in spite of those hardships. Four activities--a panel discussion, a whole-class discussion of documents, map work, and a time-line activity provide individuals with the information they need to craft an essay on whether or not Washington lived up to the Continental Congress's expectations.

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CCSS: Adaptable

  • The packet includes background information for instructors
  • Links are provided for exercises that prepare learners unused to dealing with primary source documents
  • Suggestions for extending the lesson are also included



  • The lesson assumes that class members have some prior knowledge of the battles at Lexington, Concord, Brandywine, Saratoga, and Valley Forge, as well as of generals William Howe, John Burgoyne, and Horatio Gates
Included Materials

  • The War in the North, 1775-1778
  • American War for Independence: Interactive Map
  • The American War for Independence
  • Activity
  • Assessment
  • Graphics & Images
  • Lesson Plan
  • Map
  • Project