The Liberty! Teacher’s Guide is designed
to fully engage students in the drama and rich educational
information presented in the six-part PBS series LIBERTY!
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. The plans are flexible
and can be easily adapted. PreK-12 teachers may
videotape the series and use it in the classroom for one
year. (For more information on teacher resources
to accompany PBS programs and on PBS extended taping rights
for educators, please visit the
PBS TeacherSource Web site).
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Lesson 1: THE
Examine why colonists, many of whom felt strong loyalties
to the British Empire, decided to abandon their mother
country and join the Revolution.
Lesson 2: THE DECLARATION
OF INDEPENDENCE: AN ANALYTICAL VIEW
Consider the importance of the Declaration of Independence
- what it meant during the time of the Revolution, what
its impact is today and how it influenced political thinking
over the last few centuries.
Lesson 3: THE CONTINENTAL
ARMY & WASHINGTON
Gain a first-hand understanding of the conditions faced
by Washington's Continental Army, and explore how Washington
was able to hold his troops together.
Lesson 4: FACTORS THAT
HANDICAPPED THE BRITISH
Discover how the strongest military force in the world
was defeated by the comparatively weak, non-professional
American soldiers, and compare this surprising defeat
to other military conflicts in history.
Lesson 5: REVOLUTIONARY
Investigate some of the more familiar and famous songs
of the Revolutionary War period and how music was used
to convey messages of patriotism and highlight popular
Lesson 6: CREATING A NEW
Examine the post-war tensions between Federalists and
Anti-Federalists and how the evolution of their debate
shaped the Constitution and government of the United States
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