Lexington and Concord: A Historical Interpretation Lesson

Grade Range: 6-9
Resource Type(s): Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration: 45 minutes
Date Posted: 4/30/2010

Engage middle school students in historical document analysis with three contrasting images of the Battles of Lexington and Concord.  Using a graphic organizer, students will examine three primary sources and analyze the different perspectives presented in each. After completing the analysis, students will display their interpretations of the "true" story in their own illustrations. This lesson plan includes background information, full-color images of primary sources, and a student worksheet.

This lesson plan was produced to accompany the exhibition The Price of Freedom: Americans at War, by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

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