Teaching History with Children’s Literature: If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution

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If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution by Kay Moore is book about different aspects of the American Revolutionary War.  The book is set up into a question and answer format.  The author begins with explaining why we have the Fourth of July and ends with how life changed after the war.  The book contains a good deal of information.  Famous figures including women are  discussed in the text and expressions such as “John Hancock” and “cowboy” are explained. It is presented in a straightforward easy to understand text about an important event in the history of one country.

Curriculum Connections
If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution is a good book for students to use for researching the American Revolutionary war. This book can be used for the civics and Virginia war SOL’s in grades 5 and 6.

Additional Resources

  • Lesson plan to use with 5th graders teaching how to create a group PowerPoint on the American Revolution by searching the web.
  • Revolutionary War Internet scavenger hunt– is a great website for students to click on highlighted word on each question and travel to the site to find the answer.
  • Revolutionary War Color Pages– just click on a famous Revolutionary War figure  or event to get a color sheet.

General Information
Book: If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution
Author: Kay Moore
Illustrator: Daniel O’ Leary
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 76
Age Range: 9-12
ISBN: 0590674447

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