Colorado Academy Fourth Graders are learning about the American Revolution, and their studies are enriched by learning about Patriots and Loyalists from this time period. After the end of the French and Indian War in 1763, American colonists became divided over their relationship with Great Britain. Those that continued to support England were Loyalists; those who wanted independence were Patriots.
Teacher Suzanne Kolsun Jackson says, “Students wrestle with big questions such as why the colonists revolted at all and what sort of courage had to be shown in order to achieve freedom.“ She continues, “The study of American History in the Fourth Grade is a rich and magical experience.”
Students supplement their studies with literary works including The Fighting Ground by Avi and If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution by Kay Moore. They learn to research important figures in American history and are asked to write a detailed report on a Patriot or Loyalist.
“The study of American History in the Fourth Grade is a rich and magical experience.”
They dress in costume and give an oral presentation to demonstrate their understanding. They add creative elements, which can include dioramas, posters, mobiles, puppet shows, or PowerPoint presentations. And they perform as a group before a Lower School Town Hall meting, sharing some of the songs, dances, and poetry of the time period.