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Summer SAVY Session 1, Day 5 – The Makings of America

Posted by on Monday, June 19, 2023 in blog, SAVY.

Day 5:  For our last day in the Makings of America: Rebellion, Revolt, and Resolution, we studied the perspective of five historical women and how their lives were changed during the Revolution.  We also examined the alliance with France and how it potentially changed the outcome of the war.  We examined a map of Yorktown and the surrender.  It is interesting that General George Washington planned to return to domestic life and wrote that he was finished with public service. 

In the afternoon, students presented their biography subjects.  They shared key details from their person’s life.  We had presentations on Abigail Adams, John Adams, Benedict Arnold, John Hancock, Alexander Hamilton, and Marquis de Lafayette. I encourage you to ask your student who they studied and why they chose that person.  You may ask the following: 

What are your person’s “vital statistics”? (birthday, death date, level of education, family, etc.) 

What were the major influences on this person’s life? 

What was this person’s role in the Revolution? 

What do you think were the most important decisions this person had to make?  What influenced these decisions? 

These students have been an absolute pleasure to teach.  They have been exposed to a tremendous amount of content and have been willing to analyze whatever text or song I gave to them.  They will be bringing home “living notebooks” that contain most of the texts we read as well as the notes and maps we used.  I hope that these artifacts will help them remember all that was covered this week.  Thank you so much for supporting their learning process.   


Dr. Dunlap