Monday, October 21

We Were There when Washington Won at Yorktown

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Ever heard of General General Charles O'Hara?  When Cornwallis feigned illness, O'Hara stepped forward and surrendered his sword, on behalf of the British army, to George Washington...

October 1781.  Deep into the American Revolution.  The troops on both sides are tired.  The British army is camped at Yorktown, awaiting naval reinforcements that will never come.

The 18,000 American and French troops greatly outnumber the 8,000 British.  Both sides are bolstered by German mercenaries, who are there fighting for a paycheck.  The British are waiting for more troops to arrive, but do not realize that the Americans have blockaded the area, preventing their ships from coming through.

For eleven days, the Americans have bombarded the British, until Cornwallis sends out the white flag of surrender.  The British try to surrender to the French, but are made to go to the Americans.  Shamed, Cornwallis can handle no more, and sends out another general to initiate contact.  On October 19, 1781 General Cornwallis signs the Articles of Capitulation, sealing the British surrender.

Our spine novel is We Were There When Washington Won at the Battle of Yorktown

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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