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4th of July – ‘We The People’ – Engaging Activities

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Celebrate 4th July!

We the People

franklin 1 - CopyBenjamin Franklin, one of the leaders of the American Revolution said, “We must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

He lived to tell the story of the famous victory over the British Army of King George III and the formation of the USA Government in 1789. Now, school students can recreate those exciting times with innovative music and drama resources from Amazing People Worldwide.

‘We The People’ is based on the first words of the American Constitution.  Those words are the defining anthem song featured and reflects the spirit of the revolutionaries, who changed the course of history.

This video link, ‘We the People’, is an excerpt from an educational video series that we have produced.Play demo button

The video assists teachers and students to have a more personal engagement and understanding of the important principles about the USA and Amazing Americans. They can be used in various ways, including school assemblies, drama classes, history and also character and culture education.  (We also have the Australian First Fleet and the British Cavaliers and Roundheads – covering other cultures and parts of the curriculum).
washingtonIn 1765, a group called The Sons of Liberty formed and opposed British rule without fair representation. It was the start of the American Revolution and the battles that led to the formation of a democratic federation.

Twenty four years later, George Washington, who had commanded the revolutionary army, became the first President of the USA.
Students learn by participating. In doing so, they develop a better understanding of history, geography, culture and conflict. Most important, they learn about themselves and grow in confidence.

‘We The People’ is an opportunity for students to develop their own abilities through drama.

Declaration of Independence - Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson        Declaration of Independence – Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson

Famous and Inspirational Americans

washingtonWatch our AVATAR video as George Washington talks about the Declaration of Independence.

edisonThomas Edison was a great American inventor, scientist and businessman and the third most prolific inventor in history.

lincoln-AbeAbraham Lincoln was a man who stood up for his beliefs and deserves credit for setting the foundations for unifying diverse states into a country.

fordIt is interesting to see how people like Henry Ford also developed their careers. He came from a poor family background to be one of the most successful American businessmen of all time.
tubmanLife stories such as that of brave people like Harriet Tubman a slave, are fascinating. How did she overcome those early, harsh days? They may be the exceptions, but America does have a habit of producing people who stand out.

On Independence Day, we remember and appreciate these wonderful Americans. They came from all walks of life, but they had the same drive and belief that they could achieve their dreams. Their dreams made a difference to the whole nation. From Colonial Men and Women, Politicians, Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Doctors, their stories are the foundation of America and you can bring them into your classroom.
July 4 Class Activities:

Read this engaging article by Dr Charles Margerison as he ‘interviews Amazing Americans’.

Watch our engaging video, ‘We The People’.

Questions – 

  • Who was the first President of the United States? (a) Abraham Lincoln, (b) Thomas Jefferson (c) George Washington.
  • Who is considered the author of the Declaration of Independence?  (a) John Adams, (b) Thomas Jefferson (c) George Washington.
  • Did George Washington sign the Declaration of Independence?
  • Thomas Edison had a health issue/defect. What was it?
  • What was the secret network called used by Harriet Tubman to free slaves?
  • Fordism’ was named after Henry Ford. What does it mean?

AMAZING PEOPLE TOOLKIT – From podcasts to role-play, from hot-seating to balloon debates, these are the types of resources that lend themselves brilliantly to active engagement strategies. What resources can we use to ‘jump start’ lessons and provide more involvement from students? Finding valuable resources from live classroom case studies to activities and plenaries, provides us with even more inspiration for educational strategies that captivate and encourage action learning.

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Amazing People Worldwide is home to the world’s largest collection of inspirational stories and biographies about amazing people, from Walt Disney, to Marie Curie, and Shakespeare to Helen Keller. The stories are available across a range of multimedia formats, including eBook, audio, video and print, and sell globally to schools, libraries, lifelong learners and businesses. Each story is relayed from the first person perspective, relating in a very personal way, what motivated and influenced these amazing individuals. Featuring historical celebrities as well as lesser-known names, this extensive collection offers unique insights into how amazing people converted their opportunities into achievements, and can inspire people to achieve their own ambitions in life.Logo Square

Charles globeDr Charles Margerison is a Chartered Educational Psychologist. As well as working in educational institutions for many years, he has consulted widely for major corporations in the fields of organizational and educational psychology. He was previously Professor of Management at Cranfield University, UK, and the University of Queensland, Australia. He founded Amazing People Worldwide in 2006 and is supported by a dedicated global team. In addition, he co-founded Emerald Insights, and Team Management Systems. The author of numerous books, Dr Margerison is a member of the Royal Institution and the Royal Society of Literature.

We welcome any thoughts or feedback from teachers and students.

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