History came to life for North Babylon fourth-grade students at Parliament Place Elementary School, as the New York Historical Society brought its American Revolution in New York interactive program to the school. Students worked with a teaching artist to understand the causes, effects, and significance of the American Revolution, as this important event was brought to life through an exploration of paintings, documents, and objects from the Historical Society’s touch collection. The classes also discussed how the new nation began and flourished in New York, a topic that is part of the fourth-grade social studies curriculum. Artifacts the students were able to touch included colonial money, a musket ball, and a pick and brush, which were used to clean the muskets.
To prepare for the visit, all of the fourth graders wrote brief research reports on an important figure of the Revolutionary period. In addition, students in Anna Montuori’s class completed a literacy assignment of writing persuasive essays regarding the acts that preceded the war. The students also wrote “historical fiction letters” to King George requesting that he and Parliament cease and desist their taxation without representation.