Over the past three years, I have fallen in love with History. Ok, I have become passionate about history. I never imagined that would happen. Oh, I remember sitting in Social Studies, Civics, US History, World History…and my heart, mind and body…longed to be ANYWHERE but there.
When I decided to homeschool I wondered if I would be able to overcome my lack of enthusiastic for history and pull my children in. As much as I wish I could say I did just that. I can’t. I did not do it along. I have had some amazing books…characters, mentors, teachers point me into the realm of history…that not only pulled me into the LOVE of history, but also pulled my son out of school. Truth be known he came home because he was ‘sick’ one day and when he heard the history lesson I was reading to his sister he was hooked!!!
Enjoy a fun and easy lesson learning about Patrick Henry!
His infamous speech (given when he was almost 40 years old) to the House of Burgess, landed him n charge of plans to organize Virginia’s soldiers! Being the great man that Patrick Henry was he believed that true patriots must fight for independence: thus, he coined the phrase:
“As for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
Read the speech with your children here: Patrick Henry’s Speech To the House of Burgess
As you listen to this Audio Link of Patrick Henry’s Speech to the House of Burgess
Of course, no history lesson is complete without some fun books to read. Here is a list of books…some we have completed and a few are still waiting for us to jump into…..learning about this fine patriot in our American History
- Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?
- Patrick Henry: Liberty or Death (Graphic Library: Graphic Biographies)
- A Picture Book of Patrick Henry (Picture Book Biographies)
- Patrick Henry (American Lives (Heinemann Paperback))
And a couple of books for your more mature readers:
Now, sit back, and just enjoy a good book and a few short worksheets with your children. I have created a copywork page (shown above) a notebooking page, as well as two versions of the same word search. (One wordsearch contains a grid, while the other does not. Please note, you do not need to print BOTH of the answer keys, as they are the same!)
While you can view the sheets here….you can print the entire document with cover page: HERE: Patrick Henry Work Book.
Now, please do not feel you need to stop with Patrick Henry…..I have been working with the Founders Academy for the past several months for Freedom Fridays. This is a GREAT online class to help you and your children learn about our Founding Fathers, the Mayflower Compact, The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States of America. Again, this is FREE! Just go HERE to enjoy all current and future lessons!
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