Participation in the American Revolution

Participation in the American Revolution

Explore the campsites of the Continental Army and the British army during the Siege of Boston at the very beginning of the American Revolution. The focus on the campsites leads to a broader discussion of interactions of the two parties with loyalist and patriot women, colonists from other colonies, and American Indians.


8 - 10


Social Studies, U.S. History

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Ideas for Use in the Classroom

Begin by having the students look at the map to place the two campsite scenes in context. Ask them to explain where on the map each scene lies and compare the locations and surroundings of the two camps.

Divide the class into small groups. Have each group make a detailed examination of the scenes and text, and create a Venn diagram to compare and contrast them. Then have each group share with the class and work together to determine the major categories all of the similarities and contrasts might fall into (e.g., uniforms, weapons, age of soldiers, etc.). Invite volunteers to summarize the class’s findings.

Next, have students use the infographic to compare and contrast how American versus British infantry interacted with nonsoldiers. Then ask students to brainstorm responses to the following questions based on what they have learned from the infographic and what they already knew about the American Revolution.

  • How did the Continental Army and the British Army interact with:
  • loyalist and patriot women?
  • colonists from other countries, for example, Dutch or French colonists?
  • American Indians?
  • Were any of these groups involved in the American Revolution?
  • What changes might have occurred in these relationships as the revolution progressed?

As they consider relationships with American Indians and colonists, provide additional context by mentioning the alliances formed during the French and Indian War, having them read the “Speech to the Six Nations,” and having them read about early French and Dutch donations to the colonies (see the resources listed below).

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Last Updated

April 9, 2024

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