Lesson Plan

Something More at Stake


This worksheet goes with the park’s orientation film, “Something More at Stake.”  The film DVD, is available for purchase through the park’s bookstore, Eastern National.


 Students will be able to :

  1. describe the British plan for invading New York State in 1777
  2. describe the American response
  3. name the general in charge of each side
  4. name the foreign country that sided with the US as a result of the American victory in the Battles of Saratoga


 A DVD copy of the park's 20-minute orientation film, "Something More at Stake," can be ordered by calling the park's Eastern National bookstore at 518-670-2985.

Lesson time of 25 minutes includes the 20 minutes to view the orientation film, plus a few minutes to finish up the activity.


 Downloadable PDF documents:

"Something More at Stake" student worksheet

Teacher's answer key


Watch the orientation film ahead of time to get a sense of what's in it and assess any areas your students might have problems with.

Let students know that, as part of learning about the Battles of Saratoga, their class will be watching the official Saratoga National Historical Park orientation movie.  Review/remind them of what "colonies" were, and let them know to expect the word "columns," explaining what those were.

Go over the worksheet with them, reviewing what the questions are, and explain to students they can work on the worksheets during the film, plus they will have a few extra minutes at the end to complete the worksheet.  Adjust completion time as needed.


Downloadable PDF provided answer key.

Park Connections

This video is all about the Battles of Saratoga, the reason the park is here.

In season, schools may arrange for free, self-guided tours of the battlefield, and for ranger-led education programs.

Schools able to visit the park may wish to purchase their own copy of the video and watch it as a pre-visit activity. Schools unable to visit the park will find the video to be an excellent resource for use in conjunction with the park's virtual tour.


 As a pre- or post-visit activity, students could create their own orientation film on the Battles of Saratoga.

Additional Resources

Downloadable PDF resource:
Student Research Packet


COLONIES --most likely prior knowledge for students as part of introduction to the Colonial and Revolutionary periods in the US
COLUMN(S) --generic term for larger-group movement of soldiers in a particular direction and with a specific purpose, i.e. "one group positioned a mile inland from the river, and from there moving south"