2015 NEH Lessons

These Lesson Plans were created by teachers and educators who participated in our 2015 NEH Landmarks Seminar: The American Revolution on the Northern Frontier: Fort Ticonderoga and the Road to Saratoga. They are available for educational and classroom use. 

Benedict Arnold and the Battle of Valcour Island

Andrew Demko

Rainier Junior/Senior High School

Grade Level: 5-8
Students use maps and images to learn about the key elements of the Battle of Valcour Island, and respond to a writing prompt about whether the Battle of Valcour was truly a defeat. 

Evaluating Sources and the Capture of Fort Ticonderoga

Kathy Clark

Dr. An Wang Middle School

Grade Level: 7-8th

This lesson asks students to read several sources about the 1775 Capture of Fort Ticonderoga, distinguish between primary and secondary sources, and based on their reading analyze and form their own conclusions about what really happened on May 10, 1775 at Fort Ticonderoga.  


Benedict Arnold: Should a Traitor be Erased From History?

Beck Stephens

Eagle Hill Middle School

Grade Level: 7-8th 

Using primary and secondary sources students will participate in a day long, inquiry based activity pondering the question "Should a traitor be erased from history?". They will culminate in making the decision about whether or not Benedict Arnold has earned his place on the Saratoga Monument and if he should be named on the boot monument. They will share their opinions by creating a persuasive speech.

Jacob Schieffelin-Loyalist History Walk

Kim Hartmann

Scottsdale Christian Academy

Grade Level: 7-8th

Will the real Jacob Schiefflelin please stand up? Students will explore the life of a loyalist living in colonial America during the time of the American Revolution. As detectives, students will walk through the life and times of Jacob Schieffelin through primary and secondary sources.

Character Trial of Benedict Arnold

Randy Martin

Desert Ridge Middle School

Grade Level: 7-8th

History is not static. Societies across time have often manipulated their own histories to promote an idea or image. This is also true of Benedict Arnold. This Common Core lesson uses multiple primary and secondary sources to put Arnold's character on trial in order for the students to better understand the man behind the name that has become synonymous with "betrayal" in American memory. Ultimately this lesson will prove to the students that they should not always rely on "popular history" as a reliable source of information.


Fort Ticonderoga "RAFT" 

Travis Dube

Bridgton Academy

Grade Level: 7-12th

R.A.F.T. is an acronym for Role, Audience, Format and Topic/Theme.  The assignment allows you to customize your evaluation based upon the strengths or weaknesses of your students.  The more advanced your students, the more you can request from them with regards to historical evidence.  Please note, that the question are geared toward persuasive writing.  The students provide the evidence and creatively explain their answers to the question in the Topic column.