This site features detailed text, maps, and other images that describe the background and the events of this battle. Users can select an overview of events that precipitated the battle, key events prior to the start of the action indicating both American and British actions, and other resources such as biographies of key individuals, battle analysis, logistic support and more.
Type of Material:
Text, maps, and other images.
Enrichment to an United States History Course.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The major learning goals are to learn the importance and reasons for the battles of Lexington and Concord, including why and how these battles fit into the history of the American Revolution.
Target Student Population:
This site is appropriate for Middle School, High School, and college survey courses.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
A basic knowledge of United States history, particularly events leading to the American Revolution, is helpful. The module teaches they "why" and "how" of the battles.
This site offers a detailed study about the battles of Lexington and Concord. The site also deals with the battles of Breed's and Bunker Hills, Saratoga, and Monmouth. The web site is designed for students of military history and provides a detailed examination of the events leading to the American Revolution. Nine Principles of War are offered as basic information along with narrative, events leading to, key events prior to the start of the action, defintion of subject matter, map of the battle, leaders for both sides, and the units involved. Each battle site has a preliminary study phase package, field study phase, and integration package. The assignment for this site uses the information very successfully.
The site lacks primary sources for student use in research and learning.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The site is useful and works well. The information is accurate nad easily accessible. One of the site's strengths is the quanity of information available for background events and biographical data on the major personalities associated with the battles.
Primary source documents should be included for potential classroom instruction.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Site users were referred to links associated with Lexington and Concord and included publications, historical references, historical library, logistical support, battle analysis summary, and study format.
Site links for the battles of Saratoga and Monmouth are no longer working.
Other Issues and Comments:
The site has a narrow focus and classroom use will depend on the instructor. Students can be quizzed on the information much of which is not found in a standard survey text on the American Revolution. Primary documents should be included.
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