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Summer SAVY Session 1, Day 3 – The Makings of America

Posted by on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 in blog, SAVY, Uncategorized.

Day 3: Today in the Makings of America: Rebellion, Revolt, and Resolution, we began by reviewing six key Revolutionary battles in the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies. The students created the posters to explain their battles to the rest of their classmates. We also shared our perspectives from yesterday on the Boston Tea Party. The students began their study of a biography subject. The students were able to choose a person from the Revolutionary time period. Some of our students are working together in small groups, while others preferred to work on their own. We will be sharing about our biography subjects on Friday. We also listened to “Right Hand Man” from the musical Hamilton. We discussed how critical it was for Washington to have the support of Alexander Hamilton. Finally, we analyzed “Common Sense” and discussed the importance of this pamphlet to the Revolutionary cause.

This evening, I would like for our students to practice memorizing, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” Bonus: Explain to a family member what those statements mean and why they are important.  

We did work together in class to begin to learn the opening the of Declaration of Independence. I hope learning it by heart will help our class to develop a deeper understanding and respect for this founding document of our nation.  

Have a wonderful evening,  

Dr. Dunlap