Summer SAVY 2014 Session 4, Day 9 – The World Turned Upside Down (Rising 4th/5th)
We began this morning with a study of three of the major turning points in the Revolutionary War: the victory at Saratoga where 6,000 British troops surrendered (October 1777), the winter spent at Valley Forge (1777-1778) where the army suffered greatly but also grew in skill and unity under Washington’s leadership, and the official alliance with France in early 1778. Although three years of war were yet to be fought, these events were pivotal and students did an excellent job of identifying the importance of each one.
Students then joined together in groups to look at two documents written by George Washington that reflected his trepidation when accepting the position of commander of the army in 1775. Students read and analyzed these documents and then reevaluated the events at Valley Forge two years later when Washington’s skill and commitment were put to the test.
Finally, we ended class by adding to the cause-and-effect timelines students created last week. They continued to think about how various factors contributed to each key event, adding several new items including: the battle at Bunker Hill, appointment of Washington to head the army, signing of the Declaration of Independence, battle of Saratoga, winter at Valley Forge, and alliance with the French.
I am very impressed by the way students have been thinking and working together. Great job, everyone!