American Revolutionary War

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Course Description

Without a doubt, one of the most important events in all world history (not to mention American history) was the American Revolutionary War.  Through the battles that were to take place between Great Britain and its American Colonies, the face of the world would be changed forever with the birth of a new nation. The Revolutionary War and the significant events that transpired immediately before and after  are essential to understand.

The American Revolution set the stage for the creation of the United States of America, one of the most powerful and influential countries in the history of the world.  Throughout the years that followed the American Revolutionary War, the fledgling nation would form, expand, and grow to become a dominant power in world affairs by the early twentieth century.


This course will describe many of the key aspects of the war: the precipitous events that led up to the war, the shot heard around the world, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, portraits of American patriots and loyalists, the Battle of Long Island, portraits of Redcoat (British) generals and leaders, Valley Forge, the Battle of Yorktown, the Treaty of Paris, and more.  Each lesson will focus on particular aspects of the conflict, drawing to light important facts and other information relevant to the events at hand. This course is ideal  for those seeking review, extra tutoring, test prep, or the non-academic hobbyists and life-long learners.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Goals

In this course students will:


-learn the many causes that led up to this war

-learn the historic actions of Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and John Hancock

-learn the meaning behind the famous phrase, ‘a shot heard round the world’

-learn about the strategies and outcomes of major battles such as The Battle of Trenton and The Battle of Saratoga

-learn about George Washington as a military officer

-learn the details of Valley Forge and the final path to victory

-learn about several American Revolutionary Heroes


Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and (+60)netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Course Structure

    1. Lesson 1: Setting the Stage for a Revolution
    2. Lesson 2: The Revolution Begins
    3. Lesson 3: Escalation of the War
    4. Lesson 4: Major Battles and Turning Points of the American Revolution
    5. Lesson 5: The End of the War and the Birth of a Nation
    6. Lesson 6: Heroes of the American Revolution
    7. Final Exam

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the major causes for the war.
  • Describe the major battles and events of the war.
  • Describe and identify the major figures of the war, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
First Continental Congress50
Why Study the American Revolution?20
Lesson 1 Exam9
Shot Heard 'Round the World'50
Lesson 2 Exam8
Battle of Bunker Hill50
Second Continental Congress50
Lesson 3 Exam10
Battle of Saratoga50
Battle of Trenton50
Lesson 4 Exam9
Treaty of Paris50
Valley Forge50
World War I in America?5
Lesson 5 Exam9
American Revolutionary Heroes50
American Terrorism and the Revolution?40
Lesson 6 Exam10
The Atlantic Ocean as a Backboard5
Final Exam32
Total Points:612

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