The Battle of Trenton

The Continental Army's victory at the Battle of Trenton marked a turning point in the American Revolution. Young historians examine maps, read primary source materials, and create a timeline of events to understand why the victory was so important.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Project an image of Emanuel Leutze's painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" and ask class members to identify the details that stand out to them
Classroom Considerations
  • The second lesson in the Colonial and Revolution series
  • Requires a copy of "The Darkest Hour" from David McCullough's 1776
  • Copies needed include Thomas Paine's American Crisis and Common Sense and the eyewitness account of the Battle of Trenton
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Pros
  • The detailed plan includes background information for instructors, discussion questions, and a homework writing prompt
Cons
  • None