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Martha Washington, Homespun and Lace

Video Overview
Mrs. Washington discusses the effect of the colonists' decision not to import goods from England during the Revolutionary War. Even though doing without British goods created hardships, the colonists stood by their convictions and did without items they were accustomed to in order to become self-sufficient. Mrs. Washington discusses that doing without the goods was really nothing in comparison to the great sacrifices made by the soldiers and their families in order to gain freedom. Learn more by watching this video! >
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Lesson Plans for All Levels from Mount Vernon

Alabama Course of Study
Alabama Course of Study:
Grade 5
7.) Identify events leading to the American Revolution, including the French and Indian War, the Stamp Act, the Intolerable Acts, the Boston Massacre, and the Boston Tea Party.
8a.) Describe the social and political impact of the Declaration of Independence.

Grade 10
3.) Trace the chronology of events leading to the American Revolution.
Character Education
Grades K-12
2.) Patriotism
10.) Self-control
24.) Loyalty
25.) Perseverance
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

U. S. History


Grades 5-12


  • Understands the causes of the American Revolution, the ideas and interests involved in forging the revolutionary movement, and the reasons for the American victory
  • Understands the impact of the American Revolution on politics, economy, and society
7.) ERA 7: AN AGE OF REVOLUTIONS, 1750-1914
The student in grades 5-12 should understand
  • the causes and consequences of political revolutions in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.


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