Sam lives with his mother and father on a farm in Lexington, Massachusetts. America is still a British colony, but the people are unhappy. One day, Sam sees British soldiers in Boston trying to keep order. "They want to keep us from being too strong." his father tells him. One spring night, Sam is woken by the church bells. The British soldiers are marching to Concord where the colonists have hidden weapons. Sam goes with his father and the minutemen, hoping to hold back the British. At their first encounter, Sam's best friend is injured. Learning to stay hidden, the minutemen's second encounter with the British drives them off.
Experience the start of the American Revolution through a young boy's eyes.
Through Nathaniel Benchley's tale of the American Revolution from a young boy's eyes, students will learn:
Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Cause and effect, similes, metaphors, mood.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Anger, fear, justice, freedom and responsibility.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Timelines, maps, poetry, crossword, history, cooking, journal, hat, Declaration of Independence, Liberty Bell, our American freedoms.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley.
All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!