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Troupe being interviewed at Summit School

by on April 5, 2011


Our thanks to the Revolutionary America troupe for their visit on March 8.  What an insightful and meaningful way for students to learn American history!


Summit School April 5, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Time Travel to Revolutionary America visited Summit Schools in Cedar Rapids on March 8, 2011. They explained and acted out what was happening in Revolutionary America. I believe that the 4th grade and 5th grade enjoyed Ben Franklin, Samuel Adams, the Loyalist, and John Adams. They all did a great job of performing.

Summit School April 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Before the Time Travel troupe arrived we read three chapters in our social studies book called Our Nation which talked about taxation without representation, the first battles of the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence.

Summit School April 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Benjamin Franklin was a representative for the colony of Pennsylvania. He was sent to England to negotiate. There he was made a giant laughingstock. After he started to fear for his own life, he fled back to the colonies. He returned to riots in the streets and lots more taxes. When he returned he changed his view on the king’s taxes. Later with the help of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston, he wrote and edited the Declaration of Independence, and after it was finished he signed it.

Summit School April 5, 2011 at 2:50 pm

On the day of March 6, 1770 John Adams defended some British soldiers who were in the Boston Massacre. When one of the solderiers was knocked over and his gun just fired one shot randomly. Then the rest fired their guns. At court the general asked John Adams to help and he did. Later in his life he worked on the Declaration of Independence with Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and George Washington.

Summit School April 5, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Samuel Adams, in my opinion, was a loud man. He seemed to have many opinions and had many outbursts. He also had many good facts. I enjoyed hearing both his opinions and facts. To me it seemed he despised the British and wanted them to be destroyed and out of America. I found the facts that I learned from the Time Travel to Revolutionary Times very interesting.

Summit School April 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm

The Loyalist talked to us about why she was loyal. She thought King George’s taxes that were put on the colonies were fair. He was using the money from the taxes to pay for the French and Indian War. Later, she talked about when King George sent 2,000 troops into the colonies. The loyalist would send their kids to England to get educated.

I thought it was interesting when they came.

Summit School April 5, 2011 at 3:17 pm

On 3-8-11 a group of important historical figures came to the future. They gave us speeches on the beginning of American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution. They started off with the American Revolution, described in the different opinions of Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, his cousin John Adams, and a loyalist woman. They went on to talk about the American Constitution. Six students asked questions about our rights including freedom of speech, freedom of religion, right to assemble, and right of a fair trial. They ended with some nice compliments. It wsa a great performance.

Summit School April 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm

In my opinion this is a very interesting way to learn. It’s a lot more fun that watching some video with a historian rambling on and on about the person they are talking about. This was much more interesting because the man dressed up as Ben Franklin really did look like Ben Franklin himself! The booming voice from Sam Adams was very interesting as well. It is also much more interesting than a textbook.

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