• Have older students read from Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense.” Discuss its impact.
  • Write a newspaper article that reports pertinent information about people and events.
  • Write a paragraph about several key people of the Revolution (Dr. Joseph Warren, James Otis, Paul Revere). See Picture Book of Revolutionary War Heroes by Leonard Everett Fisher.
  • List the American and British generals. Also list battles.
  • List Founding Fathers: Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, George Washington, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton. Write a short biography of each one. 
  • Take dictation from the book Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes.
  • Write out the first part of the Declaration of Independence.
  • List names given to people associated with both Britain and the Colonies: Americans, patriots, Whigs, Rebels, Revolutionaries, Loyalists, Lobsterbacks, Tories, Redcoats, Minuteman.
  • Read about the Boston Tea Party. Write about it as if you were one of the Sons of Liberty.

Geography and Maps

Make the following maps:

  • 13 Colonies map.
  • Boston map (showing key places in Boston, such as the Old North church, the harbor, Paul Revere’s ride, etc.)
  • An area map of key cities and towns, such as Boston, Lexington, Concord, and Charleston.
  • A world map showing England, the British Colonies, the distance across the Atlantic, Boston, etc.



  • Find out about America’s Godly heritage to discover how the principles the Founders stood on has made her a powerful and successful nation.
  • Read this article about the destiny of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
  • View the cartoon by Benjamin Franklin titled “Join or Die” and find out what it means. Then draw your own version of it. 
  • A whole study could be done on George Washington alone, but for now, read, then write a paper about the Battle of Trenton, when Washington crossed the Delaware River. 

Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the January 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the trade magazine for homeschool families. Read the magazine free at www.TOSMagazine.com  or read it on the go and download the free apps at www.TOSApps.com to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

Jennifer Steward is an author, speaker, teacher, wife, mother of eight, and grandmother of ten! She openly shares from the heart pearls she has gleaned during her 25+ years of homeschooling and is widely known as a humorous and encouraging speaker, unit study and living books expert, and author of Everything You Need to Know About Homeschool Unit Studies.  Jennifer is also one of The HISTerical Sisters--sisters who teach kids to love history and remember the facts. . .by using humor! The Stewards reside in northern California, where they manage their family business, Steward Ship: www.unitstudies.com Steward Ship: (888) 4R-UNITS

Publication date: January 4, 2013