ERIC Number: ED468403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Guilford Courthouse: A Pivotal Battle in the War for Independence. Teaching with Historic Places.
Baker, Thomas E.
The backwoods county seat of Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina, was the site of a pivotal battle on March 15, 1781, in the Revolutionary War's decisive southern campaign. The engagement set the stage for the region's liberation from enemy occupation and impelled British general Lord Charles Cornwallis to take the ill-fated road that led him to final defeat at Yorktown, Virginia, seven months later. This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file, the National Park Service's visitor's guide, and "Another Such Victory" (Thomas E. Baker.) The lesson can be used in units on the U.S. Revolutionary War or in courses on conflict resolution. Students practice skills using and evaluating primary sources from the 18th and 19th centuries and in analyzing judgments and decisions made by historical figures. The seven objectives of this lesson plan are: (1) "About This Lesson"; (2) "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; (3) "Locating the Site: Maps" (Guilford Courthouse and Surrounding Area; Battle of Guildford [sic]); (4) "Determining the Facts: Readings" (The Battle of Guilford Courthouse; The Generals' Report on the Battle; Other Judgments, Public and Private); (5) "Visual Evidence: Images" (Cavalry Monument; General Greene Monument); (6) "Putting It All Together: Activities" (Eyewitness Accounts; Hold a Debate; War and Public Opinion; Monuments to War); (7) "Supplementary Resources." (BT)
Descriptors: Colonial History (United States), Heritage Education, Historic Sites, History Instruction, Intermediate Grades, Primary Sources, Revolutionary War (United States), Secondary Education, Social Studies
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/32guilford/32guilford.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia