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Life as a Patriot Soldier

from Connecticut Historical Society

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What was life like as a Patriot soldier? In this program, students use a variety of sources, including visual art and memoir from the American Revolution, to discover how the experiences of most soldiers differed from the ideal. Students examine reproduction artifacts and participate in replica military drills to learn about the clothing, equipment, and discipline of a Revolutionary War soldier.


This program has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor; and through the generous support of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Connecticut.

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Cost

By Request: $100.00


Discounts available for Priority and Title 1 School Districts.

Length

45 minutes


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8

Minimum participants:

10

Maximum participants:

30 (class-size)


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History


Program Delivery Mode

Zoom - please contact us for other platforms



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Connecticut Historical Society

Hartford, CT
United States

The Connecticut Historical Society is a private, independent, not-for-profit educational organization founded in 1825. Located at One Elizabeth Street in Hartford, CT, the CHS is home to a museum and library, the Waterman Research Center, and the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program - the state's folk and traditional arts initiative.

Ths CHS's mission is connecting you and the stories of Connecticut. Its vision is a society that values historical perspective and understanding as essential tools in connecting with others, shaping communities, and making informed decisions. To accomplish that, the CHS serves tens of thousands of people annually through adult, youth and family educational programs, as well as tours, exhibitions, and library and research services. The organization's renowned collection includes more than 4 million manuscripts, graphics, books, and other materials accessible at its Hartford campus and on loan at other organizations.

Contact:
Rebecca Gross
rebecca_gross@chs.org
860-236-5621, x. 232

Program Details

Format

1. This program begins with an introduction that activates students' prior knowledge of the American Revolution.
2. We then examine two historical images of Patriot soldiers and consider the stereotypes they convey.
3. Next we investigate excerpts from the memoir of a Revolution War soldier.
4. We then look at items from the CHS collection along with reproduction artifacts and consider the tools and supplies a soldier needed to help him survive.
5. Using Baron von Steuben's manual as a guide, we consider military discipline and participate in mock drills.
6. The programs concludes with a reexamination of the realities of life as a Patriot solider and an opportunity for student questions.

Objectives

Students will be able to:
1. Compare information provided by different historical sources about the lives of Patriot soldiers during the American Revolution.
2. Evaluate historical sources about the American Revolution, considering the maker, date, place of origin, intended audience, and purpose to judge the extent to which they are reliable.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RI.1 -- Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RI.7 -- Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.SL.2 -- Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.1 -- Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.2 -- Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.4 -- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.6 -- Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6.RI.1 -- Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6.RI.7 -- Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6.SL.2 -- Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.7.RI.1 -- Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.7.SL.2 -- Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.8.RI.1 -- Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.8.RI.7 -- Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.8.SL.2 -- Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.

State Standards

Connecticut Social Studies HIST 5.6 Compare information provided by different historical sources about the past.
Connecticut Social Studies HIST 5.8 Use information about a historical source, including the maker, date, place of origin, intended audience, and purpose to judge the extent to which the source is useful for studying a particular topic.