Molly Pitcher Lesson Plan

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.

Who in the world was Molly Pitcher? Was she a real person or a legend? In this lesson plan, you will find a text lesson to explain and an activity that gives students a chance to demonstrate what they've learned.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'legend'
  • explain the legend of Molly Pitcher
  • analyze the involvement of Mary Ludwig Hays and Margaret Corbin in the Molly Pitcher legend


  • 1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.


Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.


Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.


  • Paper copies of the text lesson Molly Pitcher Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
  • The quiz associated with the lesson
  • An image or example of a pitcher that may have been used to carry water during the Revolutionary War
  • Gray construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Scissors

Key Vocabulary

  • Molly Pitcher
  • Revolutionary War
  • Mary Ludwig Hays
  • Pension
  • Margaret Corbin

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