Road to Revolution: The American Revolution in the 13 Colonies

by  Liberty Hall Museum

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Students will trace the path to the American Revolution from the first stirrings of discontent to the birth of the nation using primary source documents and artifacts from the museum’s collection. In this historic setting, guided by museum educators in period dress, students will virtually explore the geographic, economic, and political factors that led to the revolution.

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Point to Point: $150.00
By Request: $150.00


50 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 7, 8, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

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Booking Information

Program Availability: Monday – Friday; 10:00am-2:00pm; Programs must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please contact the museum at hgaston@kean.edu or 908-527-0400 to discuss the museum's cancellation policy.

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Liberty Hall Museum

Union, New Jersey
United States

Liberty Hall Museum, a historic house and gardens museum in Union, New Jersey and the state's premier in-person and virtual field trip destination, offers a diverse array of virtual school programs and lifelong learner experiences designed to enlighten and inform all curious minds.

Whether you are playing with toys from over 200 years ago with your school class, studying the plants in our historic greenhouses with your scout troop, or engaging with a presentation about Liberty Hall’s powerful women at your local library, Liberty Hall Museum provides the unique opportunity to see, touch, and relive history.

Our school programs meet a variety of Common Core and New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards and all our programs are conducted by museum educators who share a genuine love of this museum. Liberty Hall’s historians and staff are dedicated to ensuring that every visitor who visits the museum leaves with a greater appreciation for our nation and our state’s history.

Hannah Gaston

Program Details


1. Introduction
2. Explanation of American Revolution and the three main sides of the conflict
3. Discuss causes of the war including geography and taxes
4. Explore the unsung heroes of the war including women and enslaved people
5. Debate and choose which side of the war the students would want to join
6. Primary source document decoding workshop


At the end of this program students will be able to:
- Analyze primary source documents from the 18th and 19th centuries and identify key components and facts described in the documents
- Discuss the role of records, memoirs, and artifacts in preserving history
- Recognize the motivations that led the colonists to declare war on Great Britain
- Gain an understanding of the typical lifestyle of an American colonist
- Compare and contrast the reasons a colonist would join the Patriot, Loyalist, or Quaker side of the Revolution
- Engage in a discussion regarding the often underrepresented groups of people who were vital to the war effort

Standards Alignment

National Standards

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.

State Standards

New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Social Studies

6.1.8.CivicsDP.3.a:Use primary and secondary sources to assess whether or not the ideals found in the Declaration of Independence were fulfilled for women, African Americans, and Native Americans during this time period.
6.1.8.GeoSV.3.a: Use maps and other geographic tools to construct an argument on the impact of geography on the developments and outcomes of the American Revolution including New Jersey's pivotal role.
6.1.8.HistoryCC.3.a: Explain how the consequences of the Seven Years War, changes in British policies toward American colonies, and responses by various groups and individuals in the North American colonies led to the American Revolution.
6.1.8.HistoryCC.3.b: Explain how political parties were formed and continue to be shaped by differing perspectives regarding the role and power of the federal government.
6.1.8.HistoryUP.3.b: Examine the roles and perspectives of various socioeconomic groups (e.g., rural farmers, urban craftsmen, northern merchants, and southern planters), African Americans, Native Americans, and women during the American Revolution, and determine how these groups were impacted by the war.
6.1.8.HistorySE.3.b: Analyze a variety of sources to make evidence-based inferences about how prominent individuals and other nations contributed to the causes, execution, and outcomes of the American Revolution.