Library Scavenger Hunt: Revolutionary War

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As a new teacher in an unfamiliar school, I thought having lunch in the staff room would give me an opportunity to get to know my colleagues. Through these lunches I met one of the librarians who was also new to the school. Inspired by her and with her assistance, I created an assignment to help my freshmen get to know the library and become experts on one aspect of the unit we were studying: the Revolutionary War.

There were ten topics that were covered by one or two students each: battles, the military (two separate sub-topics), women, medicine & health, leadership, religion, European involvement, Native Americans, and slaves & African Americans.

This activity was preceded by an entire unit on the causes of the Revolutionary War. I introduced this with a brief time line and recap of the relationship between the colonies and Britain at the time, but in retrospect I think I should have spent more time setting up an overview of the big picture before sending students into such specifics. Students chose their topics the day before and I put them into pairs for the biggest topics. Students expressed a variety of interests (a few didn’t care at all), which meant that all students got one of their top 4 choices. It was nice to see some students very excited about their topic.

I asked the students to start out using reference books and encyclopedias (collected by the librarian), and then when they were partway done they could switch to the library history database (ABC-CLIO), which we had previewed in class the day before. One difficulty I had was that many students wanted to google everything from the start, or got frustrated if one or two books did not yield results and then insisted that it would be done already if they had googled it. It’s hard to try to communicate to 14 year-olds that google and Wikipedia are not the best resource for everything, and that it’s good to get comfortable finding information in different ways. Juxtaposing easier questions with harder ones might make kids feel more confident starting out, and make them want to continue with the work.

You will find the questions below. They might be tweaked a little to suit the library and age level. I tried to create questions that could be answered from multiple sources, both print sources & the history database (ABC-CLIO).  I had my students present them to the class, and their peers took notes.  This procedure can be modified as well.  Feel free to copy and paste these into a snazzy word document and edit the spacing to make nice worksheets for each group (put the instructions at the top of each group’s worksheet).

Name:

Revolutionary War Library Scavenger Hunt

For this activity, we will use the library’s resources to help us find information about the Revolutionary War in America.  You and your partner have a list of questions to answer, which you will present to the class.

To find this information, you will need to use at least THREE different sources, one of which needs to be a book and one of which needs to be one of the library databases.

I: Battles of the Revolutionary War

Find information about these famous battles of the Revolutionary War:

Battle Who fought and what happened? Who won? Why was it important?
Bunker’s Hill

 

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Battle Who fought and what happened? Who won? Why was it important?
Long Island

 

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Trenton
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Battle Who fought and what happened? Who won? Why was it important?
Saratoga
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Yorktown
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II: Arms & Men (Soldiers and their Weapons) in the Revolutionary War

  1. What were the most common weapons used by the soldiers during the American Revolution?  Describe them.

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  1. Did the American soldiers have a lot of artillery?  Why or why not?

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  1. What were the uniforms like for the American soldiers?  Describe them.

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  1. What were the uniforms like for the British soldiers?  Describe them.

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  1. Who were the Hessians and what did they do in the Revolutionary War?

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  1. Extra Credit: Find information about one specific soldier during the war, why he fought, what battles he fought in, and if he survived the war.

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III: The Arms and the Men (weapons and tactics)

  1. How did the Continental Army get soldiers?  (there is more than one way)

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  1. The Revolutionary War was the first time in history that a submarine was used in a war.  Find out who made it, when/where it was used, and how successful it was.

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  1. Which military had the biggest & best navy during the Revolutionary War?  The British, the Americans or the French?

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  1. Name one battle during the Revolutionary War in which the navy played an important role.  Explain who won and how they won using the navy.

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  1. Extra Credit: How much were soldiers during the Revolutionary War paid?

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IV: Women in the Revolutionary War

  1. Find three ways women were involved in the Revolutionary War and why they were important:
Description of one way women were involved in the Revolutionary War Why it was important to the war
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  1. Find information about one woman soldier in the Revolutionary War and why she is famous.

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  1. Who was Abigail Adams?  How was she involved in the Revolutionary War?

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  1. Extra Credit: Find the lyrics to the Revolutionary War song “Johnny has Gone for a Soldier.”  What is the song about?  Do you think these attitudes were common for people during the Revolutionary War?  Why or why not?

V: Religion in the Revolutionary War

  1. What is a conscientious objector? What might make a person become a conscientious objector?

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  1. How were Quakers and Methodists involved in the Revolutionary War?

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  1. Who was “the Fighting Quaker” and what did he do in the Revolutionary War?

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  1. How were religious leaders involved in the military during the Revolutionary War?

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VI: Medicine and Health in the Revolutionary War

  1. What resources were available for wounded soldiers during the Revolutionary War?

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  1. Who was Benjamin Rush and what was his involvement in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War?

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  1. What/where is Valley Forge and what did it have to do with the Revolutionary War?

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  1. What were living conditions like for soldiers at Valley Forge?

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VII: Europeans in the Revolutionary War

  1. Who was Friedrich von Steuben and what did he have to do with the Revolutionary War?

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  1. Did Friedrich von Steuben have a big impact on the war?  Why or why not?

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  1. How was Spain involved with the Revolutionary War?

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  1. How was France involved with the Revolutionary War?

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  1. Extra Credit: Name at least two German states, kingdoms or principalities that were involved in the Revolutionary War.  Explain how they were involved.

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VIII: Leadership in the Revolutionary War

  1. Who were three of the main leaders of the American military during the Revolutionary War?
Name of leader Military Title Key events he was involved in

 

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  1. Who were three of the main leaders of the British military during the Revolutionary War?
Name of leader

 

Military Title Key events he was involved in
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  1. Extra Credit: Describe George Washington’s physical appearance and personality.  Be specific.

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IX: Native Americans in the Revolutionary War

  1. In what ways did Native Americans participate in the Revolutionary War?

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  1. How did the Proclamation of 1763 impact Native Americans’ attitudes toward the British?

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  1. What did the Native Americans gain/lose from the Revolutionary War?

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  1. Extra Credit: Find information about one Native American who was involved in the Revolutionary War.  Who was he/she and how was he/she involved?

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X: Slaves and Free Blacks in the Revolutionary War

  1. Did slaves fight in the Revolutionary War?  If so, how did they get involved?

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  1. What was Lord Dunmore’s Proclamation?  How did it impact the war?

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  1. What impact did Lord Dunmore’s Proclamation have on slave-owners?

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  1. Who was Boston King and what did he do during the Revolutionary War?

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  1. Extra Credit: What was Dunmore’s Ethiopian Regiment? What did they do during the war?

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