ERIC Number: ED479231
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
The Battle of Bennington: An American Victory. Teaching with Historic Places.
During the summer of 1777 the British undertook an ambitious campaign to isolate New England from the rest of the colonies. For two months General John Burgoyne led his army down the Lake Champlain-Hudson River toward Albany (New York) with apparent ease, but he then found he needed provisions, wagons, cattle, and horses for his army. He sent an expeditionary force to the small town of Bennington, Vermont, where the British Army and its Canadian, Indian, and Loyalist supporters faced U.S. Patriots defending their newly proclaimed independence. The Patriots won, which contributed to the British defeat at Saratoga (New York) a little later and helped decide who would win the U.S. War of Independence. This lesson is based on the National Historic Landmark documentation file,"Bennington Battlefield" and other sources. The lesson can be used in U.S. history, social studies, and geography courses in units on the Revolutionary War. It is divided into eight sections: (1) "About This Lesson"; (2) "Getting Started: Inquiry Question"; (3) "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; (4) "Locating the Site: Maps" (Northeast United States; British Campaign 1777); (5) "Determining the Facts: Readings" (British Forces; Americans; Battle of Bennington); (6) "Visual Evidence: Images" (Lt. Durnford's Map of the Site of the Battle of Bennington; British Position and the American Attack); (7) "Putting It All Together: Activities" (The People, the Cause, the Land, the Strategy; Historical Languages and Images; Moments of Heroism); and (8) "Supplementary Resources". (BT)
Descriptors: Colonial History (United States), Geography, Heritage Education, Historic Sites, Learning Activities, Lesson Plans, Primary Sources, Revolutionary War (United States), Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. Tel: 202-208-6843. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/107bennington/107bennington.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.