About This Lesson
This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file, "Minute Man National Historical Park” (with photographs), and historical and modern accounts of the battle. It was written by James A. Percoco, Director of Education for the Friends of the National World War II Memorial and a former high school history teacher, and edited by Teaching with Historic Places staff. This lesson is one in a series that brings the important stories of historic places into the classrooms across the country.
Where it fits into the curriculum
Topics: The lesson could be used in units on the Revolutionary War or in courses on conflict resolution.
Time period: Colonial/Revolutionary
Relevant United States History Standards for Grades 5-12
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Objectives for students
1) To describe how the events in Massachusetts in early 1775 led to the outbreak of hostilities between England and her colonies.
2) To explain the significance of the Battles of Lexington and Concord and describe the unintended consequences of the battles.
3) To explain how myth, history, and memorialization are related and how they create or shape public memory.
4) To identify a person in the students’ own community who has made an important contribution and design a memorial to that individuals place and memory.
Materials for students
The materials listed below can be used directly on the computer or can be printed out, photocopied, and distributed to students. The maps and images appear twice: in a smaller, low-resolution version with associated questions and alone in a larger version.
1) Two maps showing the locations of Boston, Concord, Lexington, and the Minute Man National Historical Park;
2) Four readings about the causes of the battle and the fighting, the Minute Man statue, and the Longfellow poem;
3) Seven images including three photographs of the Minute Man Statue, the North Bridge, and the Battle Road; and four illustrations of the battle by Amos Doolittle and Don Troiani.
Visiting the site
Minute Man National Historical Park is administered by the National Park Service. The Minute Man Visitor Center is located at 250 North Great Road, Lincoln, Massachusetts. The site is open daily, except January 1, Thanksgiving, and December 25. For more information, write 174 Liberty St. Concord, MA 01742 or visit the park website.