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Paul Revere

Week 2:  Paul Revere   1735 – 1818 A.D.

(Midnight Ride 1775)

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READ:  K – 4:  A Picture Book of Paul Revere by David Adler

5 – 6:  Paul Revere by Gail Sakurai  (Cornerstones of Freedom)

7 – 8: The Many Rides of Paul Revere by James Cross Giblin

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(I cannot legally put a picture of Paul Revere by Gail Sakurai on this website.  To see an image of the book, please click HERE.)

DISCUSS:

  • What main type of work did Paul Revere do?  (Silversmith)
  • Name some other important jobs Revere did when it became harder for people to buy things made of silver? (goldsmith, made false teeth, engraved copper plates & printed pictures, made eyeglasses)
  • Paul was part of a group called The Sons of Liberty.  What did this group believe? (Against British rule in the colonies)
  • Why were there so many British soldiers in the colonies? (Had come for French & Indian War; remained to protect colonists and to enforce rights of Native Americans to their lands)
  • Why did the British begin taxing the colonists? (In debt from French & Indian war; wanted colonists to help pay to keep soldiers in colonies)
  • What did the phrase “No Taxation without representation” mean? (Colonists had no representative in British parliament to complain on their behalf.   They didn’t want the British soldiers in their colonies – they also didn’t want to pay to keep them.)
  • Describe the “Boston Massacre”. (Colonists threw snowballs, ice, & wood at soldiers, called them names; soldiers shot and killed 5 of them.)
  • How did Paul Revere stir up hatred for the British from the Boston Massacre? (Made an engraving of the massacre with the soldiers firing their guns at peaceful citizens.   Many copies were printed and sent all over the colonies.  This wasn’t a true picture of what happened, but it angered the colonists.)
  • Describe the Boston Tea Party.  Did Paul Revere participate? (Group of men disguised themselves as Native Americans, climbed aboard a British ship and dumped its tea into the water.  Yes, most historians believe he participated.  Men were angry about the tax on tea.  They refused to buy it and pay the tax.  The British ship refused to leave.)
  • How did the King punish Boston citizens for the tea party? (Sent 5000 soldiers to Boston, wouldn’t let any ship in or out of the harbor until the citizens paid for the tea.)
  • How did Paul protect the colonists in Lexington & Concord? (heard the British were about to attack so he rode through the night and warned the citizens.)

ACTIVITIES: 

K – 2: Boston Massacre  coloring page.  Click HERE.

3 – 5: Paul Revere’s 3 most important acts towards the American Revolution were: his involvement in the Boston Tea Party, his engraving of the Boston Massacre, and his warning to men of Lexington & Concord that the British were coming.  Which of these three do you think was the most important?  Why?

6 – 8: Write an essay describing Paul Revere’s three acts that served as precursors to the American Revolution.  (See activity for grades 3  – 5) Then give your opinion on which of the three was the most important and why?

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Copyright April 27th, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

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John Hancock

Week 1: John Hancock (1737 – 1793)

(President of Continental Congress in 1775)

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READ: K – 1:  A Picture Book of John Hancock by David & Michael Adler

2 – 3: Will You Sign Here, John Hancock by Jean Fritz

4 – 7:  John Hancock by Candice Ransom

8:  John Hancock: A Signature Life by Philip Koslow

 




Note: John Hancock joined a special group called the Sons of Liberty that met to encourage independence from Britain and freedom for the colonists.  At one time John Hancock and his friend Sam Adams were in danger of being captured by the British.  Their friend, Paul Revere, warned them that the soldiers were coming and saved their lives.  You will be learning more about Paul Revere in the weeks to follow.

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 DISCUSS:

  • Why did John move in with his rich uncle as a boy? (His father died; mother was poor; uncle had no children)
  • T/F Hancock was one of the richest people in the colonies. (T)
  • T/F Hancock lived in Virginia.  (F)
  • What state was he elected leader of? (Massachusetts)
  • Describe the troubles Massachusetts was having.  (Boston tea party, outraged by taxes, British preventing ships from coming or going.)
  • What special group did Hancock join? (Sons of Liberty)
  • Why did King George want to hang Hancock? (spoke against unfair laws of King; was very influential because he was so wealthy and popular)
  • John and his friend Sam Adams were in danger because of their words against the King.  Who warned them that the British were coming to kill them? (Paul Revere)
  • What group was John elected president of? (Continental Congress)
  • What important document was he the first to sign? (Declaration of Independence)
  • Why is his signature so famous? (Because he wrote it so big!)

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ACTIVITIES: 

 K – 2: Discuss:  Why do you think Hancock signed his name so big?  Think of times when you sign your name.  When should you sign it big?  When should you sign it smaller? Using this SITE for help,  (from Handwriting for kids) practice writing your name in script, then color in this page of John Hancock by clicking HERE.  (from About Homeschooling)

3 – 5: Write a paragraph explaining why King George wanted to kill Hancock.

6 – 8:  Write an essay on the following:  King George wanted to hang Hancock.  If he had succeeded, would that have caused the commotion in Massachusetts to die down, or would it have furthered the Revolution?  Explain your answer.

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Copyright April 21st, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

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Revolutionary War Outline

Greetings Fellow Homeschoolers!

Throughout the summer I will be posting history lessons on the Revolutionary War.    The lessons will be similar in format to lessons you’ve already seen and used from this “U Read Thru History” site.  Each week readings will be suggested for different grade levels, discussion questions will be listed, and activities will be suggested per grade level.  Feel free to use these lessons during the summer months, or save them for the Fall school year!  I hope and pray these lessons have been a blessing to you and your family!

Following is an outline for the next 17 weeks:

Revolutionary War History Lesson Plans Outline

  • Week 1: John Hancock
  • Week 2: Paul Revere
  • Week 3: Patrick Henry
  • Week 4: The Declaration of Independence (Part I)
  • Week 5:  The Declaration of Independence (Part II)
  • Week 6: Ben Franklin
  • Week 7:  John Adams
  • Week 8: George Washington
  • Week 9: Revolutionary War (Part I)
  • Week 10: Revolutionary War (Part II)
  • Week 11:  Daily Life in 1776 (Part I)
  • Week 12: Daily Life in 1776 (Part II)
  • Week 13: Women & the Revolutionary War
  • Week 14: Revolutionary War Review
  • Week 15: African-Americans & the Revolutionary War
  • Week 16: The Iroquois Democracy & the Revolutionary War
  • Week 17: Revolutionary War Test

Question:  Why is there no lesson plan on Thomas Jefferson?

Answer:  Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd president of the United States and also played a key role in the Westward Expansion of the United States’ borders and the framing of the new government.  Therefore, a special lesson plan is prepared for him in the next American History Unit Study.  However, students will learn (from the lessons cited above) about his role in the writing of the Declaration of Independence, and his relationship with John Adams as his Vice-President.

If you have any questions about these History Lesson Plans, or for the ones prepared for the Fall, please feel free to email me.  My email is gwen.silverliningpress@juno.com.

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Ancient Mesopotamia/Ancient Egypt Test

WEEK 17:  ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA/ANCIENT EGYPT TEST

NOTE: Following is the Ancient Mesopotamia/Ancient Egypt History Test.  7th and 8th graders should be able to do all of this test.  4th through 6th graders should be able to do most of the test.   K – 3rd graders will be able to do a lot of this test orally.   Each question is worth 2 points.  This test is OPTIONAL.   Please feel free to skip it; scale it; eliminate parts of it; use it merely as a review, or do whatever best suits your family!  If you choose to give your children this test, I would recommend reviewing the “Discussion Questions” from the last 16 weeks’ lesson plans the day before you give the test.

Following the test you will find a teachers’ answer key.

 

Name: __________________________ Date: ______________

ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA/ANCIENT EGYPT HISTORY TEST

Fill in the blanks with the correct answers:

1.  What did God create on the first day? ___________________________________________

 

2.  What did God create on the second day? ________________________________________

 

3.  What did God create on the third day?    _______________________________________

 

4.  What did God create on the fourth day? _________________________________________

 

5.  What did God create on the fifth day? ___________________________________________

 

6.  What did God create on the sixth day? ___________________________________________

 

7.  What did God do on the seventh day? ___________________________________________

 

8.  What did God use to create Eve? _______________________________________________

 

9.  Why did God send a flood to the earth? __________________________________________

 

10.  How many languages were spoken when people began building the Tower of Babel? _____

 

11. What river was the lifeline of Ancient Egypt? ______________________________________

 

12.  How did most people travel in Egypt?  ______________________________

 

13.  Where were most Egyptian tombs? ____________________________________________

 

14.  What did the Egyptians write on?  __________________________________

 

15.  The finding of what famous stone enabled people to finally understand Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics? _______________________________________________________________

 

16.  Name two of the 7 wonders of the Ancient World? _______________________________

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Circle the letter of the correct answer:

 

17.  The Theory that each day of the Biblical account of Creation was actually thousands or millions of years is called:

A.  The Big Bang Theory

B.  Theistic Evolution

C.  Day-Age Theory

D.  Gap Theory

E.  Intelligent Design

 

18.  The Theory that each day of creation was a literal 24 hour day, but there was a gap of thousands or millions of years between the first and second verses of Genesis is called:

A.  The Big Bang Theory

B.  Theistic Evolution

C.  Day-Age Theory

D.  Gap Theory

E.  Intelligent Design

 

19.  The Theory that creatures have evolved over time, but God has allowed them to do so is called:

A.  The Big Bang Theory

B.  Theistic Evolution

C.  Day-Age Theory

D.  Gap Theory

E.  Intelligent Design

 

20.  The Theory that some great intelligent being began the universe and our earth is called:

A.  The Big Bang Theory

B.  Theistic Evolution

C.  Day-Age Theory

D.  Gap Theory

E.  Intelligent Design

 

21.  The Theory that the universe began with a great explosion of matter is called:

A.  The Big Bang Theory

B.  Theistic Evolution

C.  Day-Age Theory

D.  Gap Theory

E.  Intelligent Design

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22.  What two rivers are mentioned in the Bible during the Garden of Eden and were part of Ancient Mesopotamia?

A.  Nile River and Euphrates River

B.  Tigris River and Euphrates River

C.  Nile River and Tigris River

D.  Nile River only

 

23.  The Tower of Babel was probably a:

A.  Pyramid

B.  Ziggurat

C.  Sphinx

D.  Pillar

 

24.  Which group living in Mesopotamia probably invented the first writing system?

A.   The Sumerians

B.  The Babylonians

C.  The Egyptians

D.  The Israelites

 

25.  Which of the following was NOT a food the Ancient Egyptians usually ate:

A.  Wheat

B.  Honey

C.  Lambs

D.  Dates

 

26.  Who was the god of all creation? (Hint:  He had the head of a hawk.)

A.  RA

B.  Anubis

C.  Osiris

D. Isis

E.  Set

 

27.  Who was the god of the dead? (Hint:  He had a jackal head.)

A.  RA

B.  Anubis

C.  Osiris

D. Isis

E.  Set

 

28.  Who was the god of the Underworld?

A.  RA

B.  Anubis

C.  Osiris

D. Isis

E.  Set

 

29.  Who was the greatest of the goddesses? (Hint: She had a disk and a pair of horns on her head.)

A.  RA

B.  Anubis

C.  Osiris

D. Isis

E.  Set

 

30.  Who was the god of the desert? (Hint:  He had the head of an aardvark.)

A.  RA

B.  Anubis

C.  Osiris

D. Isis

E.  Set

 

31.  Which of the following was NOT a common job of the Ancient Egyptians?

A.  Priests

B.  Farmers

C.  Shepherds

D.  Scribes

 

32.  The Ancient Pyramids were built with:

A.  Stone

B.  Brick

C.  Wood

D. Cement

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33.  Name two SEAS near Ancient Egypt:

A.  The Dead Sea & the Red Sea

B.  The Nile River and the Red Sea

C.  The Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea

D.  The Nile River and the Mediterranean Sea

 

34.  Who was the most famous ruler of Babylon?

A.  Hammurabi

B. King Nebuchadnezzar II

C.  Ramses

D.  Moses

 

35.  Which of the following was NOT true of Nebuchadnezzar?

A.  He built canals.

B.  He built famous gardens.

C.  He built a huge, golden statue.

D.  He built a pyramid.

 

Write “T” if the answer is true.  Write “F” if the answer is false.

 36.  T/F  The Mesopotamians believed in hundreds of gods. ______

37.  T/F Many ancient cultures have different flood stories._______

38.  T/F Moses built an ark to escape the flood. ___________

39.  T/F  The word “babel” means confused. ___________

40.  T/F  Abraham and Sarah thought they were too old to have a baby. _____

41.  T/F  All Egyptians wore make-up. ______

42.  T/F  Judah was the favorite son of Jacob (Israel).  ________

43.  T/F Joseph became a great leader in Egypt. ________

44.  T/F The most famous mummy ever found was of Ramses. ____

45.  T/F Moses wanted to lead God’s people out of Egypt. _______

46.  T/F Most Ancient Egyptians could not read & write. _______

47.  T/F Hieroglyphics can be read from right to left or left to right. ___

48.  T/F  Thieves often robbed the Pharaohs’ tombs soon after they were buried. ________

49.  T/F The first great ruler of Babylon was Hammurabi. _____

50.  T/F Mom loves her kids and is very proud of them. ______

 

 

 

Extra Credit:

Name of 5 of the plagues against the Egyptians for 2 points.  Name all 10 of the plagues for 4 points.

____________________________    _________________________________

____________________________    _________________________________

____________________________    _________________________________

____________________________    _________________________________

____________________________    _________________________________

 

For 2 points Describe 3 steps in making a mummy:

1.  ______________________________________________________________

2.  ______________________________________________________________

3.  ______________________________________________________________

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ANSWER KEY:

  • 1.  Darkness & Light
  • 2.  Water & Sky
  • 3.  Plants
  • 4.  Sun, Moon, Stars
  • 5.  Fish & Birds
  • 6.  People & Land Animals
  • 7.  Rest
  • 8.  Adam’s rib
  • 9.  Because of Man’s sin
  • 10.  1
  • 11.  Nile
  • 12.  By boat or walking
  • 13.  In the desert
  • 14.  Papyrus
  • 15.  Rosetta Stone
  • 16.  Any two of the following: Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Pyramid of Giza, Temple of Artemis, Statue of Zeus, Mausoleum, Colossus, Lighthouse of Alexandria
  • 17.  C
  • 18.  D
  • 19.  B
  • 20.  E
  • 21.  A
  • 22. B
  • 23.  B
  • 24.  A
  • 25.  C
  • 26.  A
  • 27.  B
  • 28.  C
  • 29.  D
  • 30.  E
  • 31.  C
  • 32.  A
  • 33.  C
  • 34.  B
  • 35.  D
  • 36. T
  • 37.  T
  • 38.  F
  • 39.  T
  • 40.  T
  • 41.  T
  • 42.  F
  • 43.  T
  • 44.  F
  • 45.  F
  • 46.  T
  • 47.  T
  • 48.  T
  • 49.  T
  • 50.  T

Extra Credit:  10 Egyptian Plagues: Blood, Frogs, Gnats, Flies, Livestock, Boils, Hail, Locusts, Darkness, & Firstborn

Extra Credit: 3 steps in Making a Mummy:  1.  Take out inner organs, 2.  Stuff the body with linen, natron (salt), sand & saw dust,  3.  Wrap body with linen (& amulets)

Copyright April 6th, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

 

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