Monday, March 4

We Were There with Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys

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Has anyone ever called you a Benedict Arnold?  Do you really know the story behind the man...?

Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold were leaders in the American Revolution, both fighting on the side of the colonists.  On May 10, 1775, the two led a group of Green Mountain Boys in a surprise attack on Fort Ticonderoga, capturing the fort!

The colonists needed cannon to fight against the king's men, and Fort Ti was the place to get them.  After capturing the fort, Henry Knox was charged with figuring out how to get all of the cannon to Boston, where they were needed.  (They were later used in Dorchester Heights and the Boston Siege.)

Capturing Fort Ticonderoga was a small, but important, victory for the colonists.  It opened doors to further actions in southern Canada and Lake Champlain, and boosted the confidence of the patriots.  Benedict Arnold was crucial in these victories, so why is he considered a traitor today?  Follow our unit to learn more!

Virtual Field Trip

A long, winding back road in the Adirondack Mountains will take you to Fort Ti.  Inside the fort, we watched the cobbler make shoes and the tailor cut new uniforms.  All costumes worn here are made in-house using the original methods.  Our boys' favorite part of this trip, however, was pretending to shoot the cannons!
These are similar to the fifty-nine cannons that Henry Knox had figure out how to move to Boston.  He created giant sleds and dragged them all only two months!

Access the complete unit in the 'We Were There' Novel Studies Bundle!

Includes THIRTY-SIX unit studies covering World & American History. Each unit addresses a new topic, spanning the the ancient world through post-WW2.  Each unit has introductory text, which will give the student basic background information about the topic at hand.

  • There are photographs and illustrations, and we have also included primary documents when available.
  • After this text, there are featured videos, which augment the background information and help make the topic more accessible for more visual students.
  • You will also find a short list of reading books, including a featured novel that the unit builds upon.
  • There are vocabulary words, places, and people to identify.
  • Reading comprehension, critical thinking questions, and writing assignments are included.
  • We add fun with hands-on activities and extra videos to watch that will bring the era to life.

These studies are directed toward upper grades students, but some have resources for younger students so that the whole family can work together. Our family has used unit studies as curriculum for many years, and we hope that your family will enjoy these, too!

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