Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Social Studies Update from Mrs. York

As you may know, we have begun building colonial Boston, a  muti-dimensional representation in the hallway outside of our classrooms.  (Should you be interested in helping out on this, contact me and I'll let you the next time we'll be building.  We are trying to represent the city life and discuss the concerns of this historically successful part of the New England.  At the same time, we are ready to talk about what struggles these colonists are having.  As you know, one of them, is misrepresentation in Parliament which led to disagreements over taxes among other laws.  We will be watching videos from a wonderful series produced through PBS called "Liberty! The American Revolution".  

From Amazon.com,  "Liberty! The American Revolution" is a dramatic documentary about the birth of the American Republic and the struggle of a loosely connected group of states to become a nation. The George Foster Peabody award-winning series brings the people, events, and ideas of the revolution to life through dramatic reenactments performed by a distinguished cast.

These videos will help us understand the urgency an intention behind going to war and the sacrifices the earliest colonists made to protect what they thought was right. 

Hungry for more?  This part of the PBS website is incredible and loaded with details related to the videos as well as more specific information and documents to consider.  Follow the link below.