Lesson Plan

Personal Effects of a Revolutionary War Soldier

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Eighth Grade
Language Arts, Social Studies
Group Size:
Up to 24
in the park
National/State Standards:
NC: Soc Stud: 4th Goal 11.1; ELA: 3rd, Goals 4.1-4.10, 5.01- 5.08; 4th Goals 5.01-5.09; 5th, Goals 5.01-5.08; 6th, Goals 1.01-1.04, 6.01-6.02; 7th, Goals 1.01-1.04, 6.01-6.02; 8th, 1.01-1.04, 6.01-6.02
SC: Soc Stud - 8.1.2, 8.2.6 ELA – 8th I-B, C; V-A, B


GOAL:To have students learn about the personal effects carried by soldiers during the American Revolution.


The student will locate, gather, and process information from a variety of primary and secondary sources.
The student will use a variety of research skills to locate and collect data.
The student will compare and contrast the 18 th century army with today’s army.
The student will take notes and organize information.


All soldiers carried personal effects such as clothing, weapons, accouterments, tools and living accessories. The American soldier of the Revolution was no different. Each man probably had a rifle or musket, bayonet, canteen, cartridge box and a haversack with personal items. Most soldiers wore a haversack in which they carried their personal belongings. A good source for learning about the Revolutionary soldier’s equipment is the Collector’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution by George C. Neumann and Frank J. Kravic.


Last updated: April 14, 2015