Pivotal Decisions in American History: Revolution or Resolution? Bacon’s Rebellion in Virginia 1676
Meets the National Standards of Learning for History and Civics
Recommended for grades 4 – 11.
Introduce your students to the American Revolution by studying the events surrounding a rebellion that occurred 100 years earlier.In 1676 in the colony of Virginia young Nathaniel Bacon led a rebellion against the Royal Governor, Sir William Berkeley and people in Virginia were asked to decide whether to support Bacon in his rebellion or remain loyal to the governor. One hundred years later people in all thirteen British colonies were asked to choose between loyalty to the king or declaring independence.Was young Bacon a heroic rebel or a foolhardy traitor? Let your students examine the evidence and take a stand.
The set consists of two parts:
This CD is designed to support you in implementing the Bacon’s Rebellion materials in the classroom. It includes two different lesson plans—one a relatively basic approach and the other based on the Historical Scene Investigation project which positions students in the role of detectives. The materials are PDF and Word formatted so teachers can change any portion to suit their particular needs.
The DVD brings to life this pivotal moment in Virginia history in the first person narrative of Elizabeth Bacon—wife of Colonel Nathaniel Bacon, a relative of the rebel. The story is told in ten short segments and is meant to be interactive with additional facts and discussion prompts at the end of each segment. This DVD examines the issue of rebellion: why it occurs, is it ever right or “legal” and who decides whether it is right or wrong? These are questions which occur over and over again in history.