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American Revolution Project Ideas

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

How much do your students know about the American Revolution? Students should understand that this was a critical period in our country's history. These project ideas are designed to reinforce instruction with memorable content.

American Revolution Project Ideas

The American Revolution spanned about 18 years and changed the fabric of our country forever. Students of all ages should grasp the pivotal importance of this time in the development of our country. These project ideas are designed to do just that.

Revolutionary Era Cookbook Project

Common foods during the Revolutionary War were much different than what we have today. This project asks students to create cookbooks of recipes that consist of Revolutionary era ingredients and cooking methods.

Materials

  • Parchment paper
  • Calligraphy pens
  • Hole punch
  • Twine

Instructions

  1. Begin with a class discussion on the crops, spices, and meats that would have been available during the time of the American Revolution.
  2. Now, go over the cooking methods of the time with the class.
  3. Using what they've learned from the discussion, ask each student to craft at least five unique recipes that might have been eaten during this period of history. Each recipe should be written on a page of parchment paper with the calligraphy pen and must include a list of ingredients and steps for preparing the dish.
  4. Once students have completed their recipes, have them stack the pages and use the hole punch to create three holes on the left margin of the papers.
  5. Finally, have the students attach the pages with the twine to complete their cookbooks.
  6. Optional, have a feast day where each student prepares and brings in one of their recipes to share with the class.

Weaponry of the American Revolution Project

The weapons used in combat during the Revolutionary War were much different than modern weaponry. Students research and recreate Revolutionary weaponry in this project.

Materials

  • Images of Revolutionary period weaponry
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Aluminum foil
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint brushes

Instructions

  1. Begin by showing the images of the Revolutionary weaponry to the class as you describe and discuss each one. Be sure to include information on where the weapon was created and where, and how, it was used.
  2. Now, have students select one example of weaponry to duplicate.
  3. The form of the weapon should be created using the cardboard while the appearance of the weapon should be refined using the aluminum foil and acrylic paints.

Life-Sized Paper Revolutionary Soldier Project

What did the regalia of a Revolutionary Soldier look like? This project has students recreating this in a life-sized format.

Materials

  • Assorted images of Revolutionary War uniforms
  • White butcher paper on a roll
  • Tissue paper
  • Construction paper
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Instructions

  1. Begin by asking students to take turns laying down on a length of the butcher paper while a classmate sketches their outline on the paper.
  2. Now, ask students to cut out their forms using the scissors.
  3. Display the images for the class as you discuss the details of the uniforms with the students.
  4. Ask them to select one example of a uniform to use as a model for their project.
  5. Next, ask them to craft the uniform on their life sized paper form using the various types of papers and felt. These should be cut out in the appropriate shapes and attached to the form with the glue.
  6. Finally, have students create and attach any common accessories for the uniforms out of the paper and felt.

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