George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides by Rosalyn Schanzer

December Theme:  Nonfiction

A wonderful resource by National Geographic that eloquently shows the American Revolution from both sides, England and the Colonies.

When I was teaching, I often looked for picture books to supplement my lessons in science and social studies.  This would have been one such book.  One thing I love about nonfiction is that you can pick and choose the parts you want to share with your students.  You don’t have to read the book the whole way through.  This particular book is pretty long, but has a lot of great information in it.  The book begins with an introduction of both George Washington and King George.  It then takes the reader through the events that led up to and through the American Revolution examining both sides of the story.  This is a fantastic resource to use for historical inquiry into the American Revolution.

Lesson idea: Break students into two groups.  One group will research the Colonist’s (Patriots) viewpoint.  One group will research England’s  (Loyalists) viewpoint.  In addition to this book, there are fantastic primary documents at The Library of Congress that can be used to enhance and supplement your teaching of The American Revolution.  After a thorough inquiry into The American Revolution, have each group debate the pros and cons to both sides.

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