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The American Revolutioin

TimeNov. 12, 2012

from:Bidell, Barbara

to:US History

I want to express my sincere appreciation for all the parents of students in U.S. History. I thought the event went extremely well. As I told each of the students indvidually, I thought they did a fantastic job with the play. Kudos to Austin Roberts, the plays writer and director, for his talents and his persistance is carrying out this extraordinarilty successful event. In fact, I want to acknowledge each and every cast and crew member who worked tirelessly on the production. I could not have been happier or more proud. I hope all of you feel the same.

I think this is just one example of what our amazing students are capable of.  Of course, the point of the play was to make a connection between the origins of democracy and its ideals, and how those ideals influence us today in the United States. The rest of the week and for this upcoming week, students are examining how those ideals led the colonists to demand Great Britain recognize their basic rights, and how the British refusal to do so led to the colonists declaring their independence.  The students are now watching an edited version of the HBO mini-series John Adams, which will take the students from the Boston Massacre to the American Revolution through the eyes of one of our most dynamic Founding Fathers. The series moves through the first six administrations. We open each lesson with a discussion in which students review what they know and try to fit it into their overall understanding of the foundation of our country. 

As usual, if you have any questions or concerns regarding the content or delivery, please feel free to e-mail me at bidellb@nhalv.org.

Since we are out of school on Monday, there will be no homework this week. You can look for an e-mail on Monday of next week that will detail homework for November 19.