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Upper School Corner - Mrs. Raychel Lydon

Friday, 4 November, 2016 - 1:32 pm

 Loyalists and Patriots Battle it Out in the Middle School

As November begins, the 7th and 8th grade students at the Hebrew Academy have just finished taking the role of loyal British subjects and rebellious colonial patriots as part of their study of early American history. In their pamphlets, students were required to describe six things that took place between the end of the French and Indian War and the outbreak of the Revolutionary War and use their descriptions to convince other colonists to join in their side. One convincing Patriot wrote, “There are a few MAJOR problems that we have encountered with these troublesome Brits, disgusting rats: The Proclamation of 1763, the Boston Massacre, and the Boston Tea Party.” Another argued that “there was another atrocious act called the Quartering Act. This act made the us house the British troops and feed them, when they did nothing but harass the us. The soldiers are using all our hard earned resources and its time we do something about it!”

But patriots were not the only game in town. Loyalists held their own as well.  One loyalist pointed out that “The Tea Act, the Boston Massacre, and the Boston Tea Party also prove that King George is a good leader. ‘The Tea Act lowered the cost of tea that was sold by the British East India Company in the colonies. As a result, even taxed British tea became cheaper than smuggled Dutch tea.’ This is good because now tea would be less expensive. This helps the colonists to spend less money.”

Now, students will begin studying the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as they continue to learn more about Early American History. I look forward to helping continue to support them in all of their writing for the rest of the year.

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