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The Battles of Saratoga: Student reading activity

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Subject:
Social Studies

Background

In the Battles of Saratoga, an army that thought it had no chance of losing--the British--eventually lost to an army that thought it had little chance of victory--the Americans. These battles in the middle of a area that seems fairly remote had a ripple effect that sent shock waves across the world, turning a civil uprising into a world war. Not only are the battles called the "turning point of the American Revolution," but have also been called "the most important battle of the last 1000 years."

This activity gives a summary account of the Battles of Saratoga. Using a short reading passage, students will answer several questions. Some of the questions require only knowledge-level responses, while others require a degree of analysis to answer the questions.
 
A student research packet is also included as an optional reference material. 

Materials

Download Student Reading Worksheet

Download Teacher Answer Key

Download Student Research Packet