History came to life Thursday morning for period costumed students in Susan Kirk’s classroom as they took a walk through the American Revolution at Ripon’s Weston Elementary School.
The students were separated into teams and given points for their answers about the war against the English crown with the colonists wanting to become an independent nation.
The pre-war events brought the students to their feet as they attempted to match a list of historic dates to the events from the Proclamation of 1763, the Stamp Act, the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre with such happenings as the Parliament announcing that it was in charge of the colonies and the colonists instructed to house British troops in their homes.
A presenter touched on the Declaration of Independence, asking the name of the president of the Second Continental Congress along with a long list that asked the name of the second president of the United States. Every question put the students through their paces and made a game of the competing answers with them dressed in colonist garb.
Participants dressed as famous people of the time who were involved in Revolution events asked students the name of the pamphlet that Thomas Paine wrote about the American crisis. Also in the list of questions students were asked to name the woman who helped design the first American Flag. Of the many questions in the walk through the Revolution, the students were asked to name the event that officially ended the War on September 3, 1783.
They also had to produce the authors of historic quotes: “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country” and “I have not yet begun to fight.”
A number of parents sat in the classroom and watched their children learn about America’s history in a very unique learning event