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  • Kings Mountain National Military Park

    Loyalists in American Revolution

    John Adams wrote that approximately one-third of the American population supported the move for independence (Patriots), one-third of the population supported the king (Loyalists), and one-third supported neither side (neutral).

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Colonial History, Military and Wartime History, Revolutionary War
    Keywords:
    Loyalits, Tories, Civil War within American Revolution
  • Discover how the Battle of Cowpens contributed to the demise of the Southern Campaign and meet the heroic leaders who faced Banastre Tarleton head on.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade-Eleventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Revolutionary War, Social Studies, Sports
    Keywords:
    Stamp Act, Tea Act, Sons of Liberty, Declaration of Independence, patriots, loyalists, Charleston, Camden, Kings Mountain, Cowpens, Eutaw Springs, Daniel Morgan, Banastre Tarleton, Charles Cornwallis, Andrew Pickens, William Washington
  • Kings Mountain National Military Park

    The Battle of Kings Mountain

    The Battle of Kings Mountain (October 7, 1780) was one of the most dramatic and hotly contested battles of the Revolutionary War. On an isolated ridge top in the Carolina backcountry, nearly 1000 American Patriots surrounded and overwhelmed an approximately equal number of American Loyalists.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Colonial History, Military and Wartime History, Revolutionary War
    Keywords:
    American Revolution, Kings Mountain, Turn of the Tide
  • Kings Mountain National Military Park

    Topography

    The Battle of Kings Mountain is an excellent example of how landscape and geography can affect the outcome of events. Loyalist battalion of 1,100 men, equipped with the standard issue flintlock muzzle loaders known as the Brown Bess, established their camp on the ridge of Kings Mountain some 150 feet above the surrounding area and awaited the arrival of the enemy.  The Patriot force carrying long rifles approached the mountain from its base.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Colonial History, Geography, Landscapes, Revolutionary War
    Keywords:
    geography, mapping, topography, topographical maps, American Revolutionary War
  • Using multiple primary sources to build analytical and corroborative skills to examine the circumstances surrounding Daniel Morgan’s decision to fight when and where he chose.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade-College Undergraduate Level
    Subjects:
    Revolutionary War, Social Studies
  • Kings Mountain National Military Park

    African Americans in the American Revolution

    In “The Negro in the American Revolution,” Benjamin Quarles said the African-American was “a participant and a symbol. He was active on the battlefronts and behind the lines . . . The Negro’s role in the Revolution can best be understood by realizing that his major loyalty was not to a place nor to a people, but to a principle. Insofar as he had freedom of choice, he was likely to join the side that made him the quickest and best offer in terms of those ‘unalienable rights’ of which Mr. Jefferso

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    African American History and Culture, Colonial History, Revolutionary War
    Keywords:
    African American History, Revolutionary War, American Revolutionary War
  • This Land is Your Land is an interesting and aggressive lesson that incorporates research, hands on activities and on-site learning to illustrate and reinforce how the geographic features of Upstate South Carolina contributed to the Patriot strategy in their ultimate success at the Battle of Cowpens, 1781.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Geography, Revolutionary War
    Keywords:
    Piedmont, PeeDee, basin, coastal zone, regions, Stamp Act, Intolerable Act, loyalists, patriots, Cowpens, Kings Mountain, Eutaw Springs, Daniel Morgan, Charles Cornwallis, Banastre Tarleton, Andrew Pickens, William Washington, democracy
  • Kings Mountain National Military Park

    Battle Tactics of Kings Mountain

    In order to compare the tactics of the Battle of Kings Mountain with the tactics of the other battles of the American Revolution, one must consider the topography of the battlefield. The battlefield ridge is a spur of the Kings Mountain range, a monadnock formation which rises above the surrounding plateau. The ridge runs northeast to southwest and was covered with a mature hardwood forest with scattered stands of pine.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
  • Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    Keywords:
    National Parks, legacy, cultural resources, natural resources, heritage, climate change, careers, Wildland-Urban Interface