The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence

illus. by Tom Casteel. 122p. chart. chron. glossary. index. maps. Nomad. 2015. Tr $22.95. ISBN 9781619302556; pap. $17.95. ISBN 9781619302464.
Gr 3–6—Featuring a lively page design, this volume asks readers a series of questions to prompt them to consider the American Revolution. After an introductory chapter that reviews the beginning of the war at Lexington and Concord, the remaining seven chapters offer information on the roots of the rebellion, including the issue of taxation, the writing of the Declaration of Independence, the war itself, and the ultimate victory of the Americans over the British. The book also covers the experiences of women, African Americans, and Native Americans, and there's a chapter describing the everyday life of the colonists. Each chapter begins with an essential question that urges students to think and then to examine the data presented in order to craft a thesis statement and response. Along with the standard textual information, pages are filled with sidebars, vocabulary words, and definitions, and QR codes that provide access to primary sources.
VERDICT A useful resource; purchase as needed.

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