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The School House Rocks videos (all the clips here are from schooltube) are a useful and different way to review some major events and themes covered during a U.S. History course. (It also might be useful to show these just before a final exam or state assessment.) The clips are short and can be covered in a relatively short amount of class time.
Prior to watching, the students complete a viewing sheet to see how many students already know they answers. At the end of each segment, the class discusses the themes associated with each cartoon. The cartoons also can be show individually during the point of the year that you cover a particular topic.
Below is the worksheet I give to the students along with a few “teacher” notes. Hopefully both are useful.
School House Rocks Quiz: American Revolution and the Constitution
AMERICA ROCKS is an educational cartoon series are various parts of our country’s history and government. It is geared to children to help them understand about our country. During the 1970s these educational segments were often shown on Saturday mornings as a public service announcement between cartoon shows. Each section contains information and facts about our country. Prior to viewing these videos, test your knowledge of American government and history. Answer as many questions as you can BEFORE we watch the videos. We will go over the answers after watching each segment.
1. What ship did the settlers in Plymouth travel in:
2. What year did the Pilgrims land in Plymouth:
3. Explain what you know about the Boston Tea Party:
4. What was a main reason for the America’s fight for independence from England?
1. Who is the author of the book Common Sense:
2. How many original colonies were there?
3. List as many of the colonies as you can.
4.List a few Founding Fathers:
5. Who signed the Declaration of Independence?
6. List three things we are granted in the constitution:
1. Who rode to inform the minutemen that the British were coming?
2. What famous order was given at the Battle of Bunker Hill and Breed’s Hill?
3. List some of the important battles of the Revolutionary War.
4. Which countries helped the colonies?
1. What year was the Constitution written?
2. Complete as much as you can of the Preamble to the Constitution (answer on the back)
“We the People in order
Themes: Mayflower, Plymouth Rock, Colonies,
“Anything I say you’ll do your way” – initial loyalty to the King
Taxation without representation
Boston Tea Party
British Flag into American Flag
No More kings = we are going to elect a president who will listen to the people
Red White and Blue fireworks on the 4th of July
Thomas Paine = Common Sense
Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson
Declaration of Independence
“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of happiness” – Man chasing woman? A little sexiest. This is a great for a sociology class.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident that among these are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
The Ride of Paul Revere
The Battle of Lexington and Concord
The War of Independence
The Rebel Flag
The Old North Bridge
“The shot heard round the world was a start of a revolution.”
George Washington “The Father of our Country!”
Bunker Hill – “Hold your fire until you see the whites of their eyes!”
Crossing the Delaware
Foreign Policy and alliances with France and Spain
Battle of Yorktown
Surrender of Cornwallis
1787 founding Fathers write a list of principles for keeping people free.
Betsy Ross and the original flag
Great images for discussion
“We the People, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” Chorus