Time Line - Events in American History

From 1775 to 1795

A WebQuest for 8th Grade

(Interdisciplinary Unit)



Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Teacher Page

Introduction
What exactly happened? Who was involved? When did it happen? These are all questions we want to answer about the American Revolutionary times. How do these events fit together on a time line? What happened first? Next? And, most importantly will placing these events on a time line give you a better picture of America during and right after the revolution?


The Task
Your task is to choose an event from history, an event from
the novel My Brother Sam is Dead or an invention that was created between the years of 1775 and 1795. You are a reporter for the Connecticut Journal and are covering the event of your choice. You must create an article of the event describing important facts - who, what, where, when, and how. Since your "camera man" is unavailable, you will also be responsible for some type of illustration. In your conclusion, you must explain why the event is important or why you chose the event. The article with its accompanying illustration will be placed on the time line once the proper position has been calculated.


The Process
Events from History - You have already discussed the American Revolution and the development of the Constitution in your history classes. You will choose an event and use the links to further your understanding of the events discussed in class by summarizing and illustrating the event.

http://www.patriotresource.com/history.html
http://www.dean.usma.edu/history/web03/atlases/american%20revolution/american%20revolution%20index.htm http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761576775/Ben_Franklin.html#endads
http://www.paulreverehouse.org/midnight.html
http://www.kidport.com/RefLib/UsaHistory/AmericanRevolution/AmerRevolution.htm
http://www.americanrevolution.com
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/modsbook12.html#The Establishment of the American State
http://www.xenophongroup.com/mcjoynt/volunt.htm
http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761575827/John_Adams_(U_S_president).html
http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/chronicle/ben.arnold.leg.html
http://www.archives.gov/national_archives_experience/bill_of_rights.html
http://www.archives.gov/national_archives_experience/declaration_zoom_2.html
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/oct27.html
http://www.angelfire.com/pa/sergeman/foundingdocs/main.html
http://www.foundingfathers.info/American-flag/Revolution.html
http://www.si.umich.edu/spies/people.html

Events from My Brother Sam is Dead - As a reporter, you want to let the rest of New England know what's happening in Redding. You will use your investigative skills to report the who, what, where, when of an event that occurs in the story. Your article must include an illustration. Use the links to help you find examples of clothing, buildings, etc., that you can use to make your illustrations.

http://www.walika.com/sr/uniforms/uniforms.htm
http://www.spinningwheelinn-ct.com/
http://www.historyofredding.com/

Inventions - How is science involved in the process of inventions? Who was responsible for the swivel chair? When was it invented? When were submarines first used? Who invented them? How were they used during this time period? These are just some of the questions you will want to answer for your readers as you report on the people and inventions of the time.

http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/6262/bushnell.htm
http://www.oldsaybrook.k12.ct.us/HSWebsite/Turtle_Webpage/Turtle.html
http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761576775/Ben_Franklin.html#endads
http://www.inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blcotton_gin.htm
http://www.cnn.com/interactive/us/0203/spy.gallery/jeffersonian.cipher.html
http://sln.fi.edu/franklin/scientst/scientst.html
http://sln.fi.edu/franklin/inventor/inventor.html
http://history.evansville.net/revoluti.html#Scientific%20Revolution

Evaluation
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Conclusion
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Credits & References
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