by Barbara Radner
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How Haiti Saved the United States
- David White
In the late 18th century, Toussaint L’Ouverture, a former Haitian slave, led a slave uprising that conquered the Haitians' French captors and helped America expand. This article explains how this remarkable event created lasting change not only in Haiti, but in other countries as well.Pair “Valley Forge and the American Revolution” with “How Haiti Saved the United States” and ask students to think about how the tone and theme of the latter piece parallel those of the former. How do the texts work together to promote a more nuanced understanding of American history? In combination with one another, how do they speak to the ways in which America has changed over time? Do you think the Haitians and von Steuben are appropriately honored in modern times when we think about the people who paved the way for American independence from Great Britain?
The Road to American Independence
- Jessica McBirney
In “The Road to American Independence,” the text recounts the major events that led the American colonies to victory in the Revolutionary War and independence from Great Britain.Pair “The Road to American Independence” with “Valley Forge and the American Revolution” in order to have students explore the Revolutionary War more deeply. Teachers may choose to have students read “The Road to American Independence” in order to help provide greater context for “Valley Forge and the American Revolution.”
The First Flag
- Barbara Radner
In the short story “The First Flag”, Barbara Radner explores the creation and impact of the first flag of the United States.Pair "Valley Forge and the American Revolution" with "The First Flag" so that students may have a deeper understanding of some of the events that took place during the American Revolution. Based on these two stories, why was George Washington a great leader?
The Desperate Ride of Caesar Rodney
- Candace Fleming
When it was time to vote on American colonies’ independence from England, delegate Caesar Rodney raced to Philadelphia to share his vote.Pair “Valley Forge and the American Revolution” with “The Desperate Ride of Caesar Rodney” and ask students to discuss why some delegates doubted the success of independence. How were some of their fears realized in “Valley Forge and the American Revolution”? How are Rodney and Washington able to overcome obstacles? How does each text present the idea of success?
What a Pro Knows: Prepared to Save Lives
- Jean Daigneau
In the informational text “What a Pro Knows: Prepared to Save Lives,” Jean Daigneau discusses Eric Davis’ job as a firefighter and how he prepared to become a firefighter.Pair “Valley Forge and the American Revolution” with “What a Pro Know: Prepared to Save Lives” and ask students how the soldiers took a risk like firefighters. How is the theme of being prepared presented in each text? Why is preparation important? How did this lead to von Steuben becoming a hero?
- Mike Weinstein
In the informational text “TEA OVERBOARD!” Mike Weinstein discusses the events of the Boston Tea Party.Pair “Valley Forge and the American Revolution” with “TEA OVERBOARD!” to provide students with information about the American Revolution. Ask students to discuss the war that followed the conflicts between the colonies and England. How did the Boston Tea Party contribute to this conflict?
Just Say No!
- Jennifer Barefoot
In the informational text “Just Say No! The Daughters of Liberty,” Jennifer Barefoot discusses how colonial women protested the British government.Pair “Valley Forge and the American Revolution” with “Just Say No! The Daughters of Liberty” to provide students with additional information about the American Revolution. Ask students to discuss how colonial men and women contributed to the American Revolution. Why were the decisions of women to boycott British goods just as important as the decisions of men to fight the British?
Betwixt & Between
- Leslie Anderson Morales
In the informational text “Betwixt and Between” Leslie Anderson Morales discusses African Americans’ experiences during the 1700s.Pair “Valley Forge and the American Revolution” with “Betwixt and Between” to provide students with information about revolutionary times in America. Ask students to discuss how slaves were treated in the colonies. How do students think this contributed to slaves’ decision to join the British?