Social Studies Research and Practice
Volume 5, Number 1, Spring 2010
Notable Trade Book Lesson Plan: Let It Begin Here! Lexington & Concord: First Battles of the American Revolution
Heard County Middle School, Georgia
Cristine G. Goldberg
University of West Georgia
Let it begin here! Lexington & Concord: First battles of the American Revolution was originally designed for use with eighth grade students as part of a larger discussion of the American Revolution and its impact on the colonies. However, this lesson plan can be adapted for any middle or high school grade level studying the American Revolution and, if the teacher desires, any group of states that were part of the original colonies may be substituted for using a singular state. This book serves as a catalyst to interest students in the period, including the people; how they lived, fought, and died. Students will incorporate nonfiction and reference books, Internet resources, including state provided databases, to delve deeper into the lesson. They will study the various people, places, living conditions, weather, transportation, and other topics to extend the lesson. They will also create a blog on their discoveries and record dramatizations of the “biographical characters” they find.