What is a Minuteman? That is a very good question, and it has a lot to do with American History.
We recently reviewed Sam The Minuteman Study Guide by Progeny Press to learn more about these important people and their role in American History.
A Minuteman is an American Citizen who is ready to defend his/her person, family, property, neighbors, town, state, and country with just a “minute’s notice”. There is an interesting fictional story that helps kids learn about these defenders and their role in history called Sam The Minuteman. This story is about a boy who’s dad was a Minuteman when the colonies were still occupied by Britain. This study guide helps you dig deeper into the lives of people, their character, family and community dynamics, and their faith as well as the battle they fought for independence from Britain.
Sam The Minuteman Study Guide
Sam The Minuteman Study Guide
For Elementary 1st – 3rd Grades
e-Book PDF download
Table Of Contents
- Note To Instructor
- Background Information
- About the Author
- Before You Read Activities
- Cause and Effect
- Word Pictures
- How the Author Creates Mood
- Looking At The Story
- Important Words to Remember
- Thinking About the American Revolution
- After You Read Activities
- Additional Resources
- Answer Key
How We Used The Sam The Minuteman Study Guide
We received a PDF download of Sam The Minuteman Study Guide to review in our home. I printed the study guide and put it into a three ring binder. This study guide was a great addition to our study of American History this fall.
To complete this study guide, you will need a computer, an email address, and printer, as well as the book Sam The Minuteman. The book is easy to find at local libraries or for purchase through book stores, or even easier is to find it as a read aloud on youtube where you can listen, watch, and read along with the word in the story.
When you purchase the study guide, you can either print off the whole study guide and put into a three ring binder, or have it bound, or you can just read it from the computer screen and print off what pages you need as you go along in the study. This is so flexible and will fit with just about everyone’s needs.
Activities We Did In The Sam The Minuteman Study Guide
- Make Homemade Butter (in the story they ate homemade bread and butter). Recipe for making butter provided in the study guide. We purchased cream, put it into the stand mixer (because shaking it in a jar takes to long) and made our own homemade butter. We used to do this every week when we had our own fresh milk from our cows. We also made homemade bread, and made biscuits on another day, to eat the butter on.
- Historical Timeline (dates and headings provided in the study guide)
- Crossword Puzzle
- Worksheets: Vocabulary Words
- Worksheets: Several “Question and Answer” worksheets throughout the study guide.
- Bible Study: Several scriptures and question and answer were listed and encourage character and understanding of the Christian faith.
- Worksheets: Coloring Page of the Liberty Bell
- We used several online resources to complete the study guide through Progeny Press, and also to learn more about this period in American History.
About the story: Sam The Minuteman
The story book is historical fiction. The characters are made up, but are based on historical facts so it is a great addition to any American History study. Reading this story will help kids understand and relate to people who lived at this period in American History and America’s fight for independence and birth as a nation.
We have a copy of the book, but we also found the book as a free read a loud on youtube (read by Stories with Sarah), and this was a perfect option for us. The kids had fun hearing another child read the story aloud and following along. This is a great option for those folks who don’t own their own copy, don’t want to go buy one, or who have kids who are fascinated with everything on digital media like my kids.
The read aloud is only a 10 minutes long and the kids can read right along with Sarah as she reads the book on the video. In addition to the book, we added in watching several other videos about Minutemen and read through the wikipedia explanation, did coloring pages, made a lapbook, and more too. These activities really helped the kids appreciate the learning material and activities, and deepen their understanding in the Study Guide even more.
The main character in the story is a boy named Sam Brown who lives with his mother and father on a farm in Lexington, Massachusetts. America has not become a nation yet and is still a British colony, but has formed it’s own local governing proclamations. The people living in the colonies are upset because of the increased taxation and trade regulations placed on them by Britain, and the increased presence of British soldiers and governors the King has sent to enforce the new regulations.
During the story, Sam experiences the beginning of the war. He sees British soldiers from Boston pass through his town as they trying to keep orders for the King, and he feels the frustrations of his father and neighbors. Then one night, the church bells ring and wake Sam and his family and this is the signal to his father that it is time to go and defend his freedom.
They meet with other men and learn that the British soldiers are marching to Concord where the colonists have hidden weapons. Then Sam goes with his father and the other minutemen to try to hold back the British and give the Americans time to defend their supplies and hidden weapons. One of Sam’s friends gets shot, but survives. Eventually the Minutemen Militias grow stronger in their fighting skills and are able to drive off the British soldiers.
Additional Resources We Used To Further The Learning:
We love turning everything into an expanded unit study. That is what I love about study guides, they spark your curiosity and invite you to dig deeper. We expanded our learning with several additional fun activities including videos, reading, Legos, cooking, life skills, and more to learn about this fascinating period in American History. We would like to take a field trip too. Several years ago, we went to see some Revolutionary War History in Charelston SC, another trip to Kings Mountain where the Mountainmen (Mountain Minutemen) fought a battle with the Brittish Soldiers, and another trip we went to a Revolutionary War Museum and State Park with a Ford (where the militia crossed the river). We are also creating a lapbook to hold our completed the Sam The Minuteman Study Guide activities, and additional projects we did while learning about Minutemen Militia.
Legos: I have 6 kids and 5 of them are boys. We love building with Legos and it just makes learning fun! We recreated and retold the story and the events we learned in the study guide with Legos. The kids set up a village and a house for Sam’s family, and showed him and his dad riding a horse out to meet the other Minutemen to fight with the British soldiers coming down the road.
Coloring Page Paul Revere (notified the Minutemen the British were coming and then rode out to the army to notify them the British were coming to take away their weapons and subdue them).
Who were the Minutemen? Wikipedia
Geography and History video: The American Revolution in 9 minutes. This was our absolute favorite “quick” video that explains the history and geography of the war, and best of all it is told with stick figure animation. This is much more fun for kids to watch than other history videos. The kids also have fun watching a grade school class retell the events in a video they made called American Revolution.
History of the part time militia known as Minutemen
History video: the Force Of Citizens
History video: Minutemen Militia from “History of the US Constitution”.
Visit the Minutemen Historic National Park
Volunteer with Friends of the Minutemen
American Revolution Lapbooking Pages
It is amazing what you can learn from history and how it applies today. A Minuteman is a person who is ready to handle trouble at any minute. Formed in 1645, these homegrown militia men were to be ready within 30 minutes of being warned and carry with them three days provisions of food, shoes for both snow and regular weather, and weapons. They played important roles in history from 1645, 1750, 1774-1776, through the Civil War (mountain men), and beyond. The government passed the Militia Acts of 1792 by Congress requiring all citizens to arm themselves with a musket, a bayonet, and no less than 24 bullets. The Militia Acts of 1903 passed by Congress states that 1) the organized Minutemen Militia will become the basis of the National Guard and 2) a provision that states able bodied citizens ages 17 to 45 are to take up arms to defend themselves and the country.
We actually learned there are Minutemen Militia (also known as Watchmen Militia and Family Protection Group, etc) today all across this great nation we live in that are ready on a moment’s notice. The Discovery Channel produced a documentary about them. They meet together in groups and are trained to use weapons, and secure resources such as food, water, and have supplies on hand to last from several weeks to several months. These groups are made up of people from all races and from all walks of life from mechanics to librarians to students, etc. The documentary followed men and women from across the USA who get together and practice drills in Florida, Indiana, and Arizona for combat in the event the government cannot protect or help it’s citizens. That kind of circumstance could happen when mobs breakout in the cities, such as when natural disasters happen (hurricanes, tornadoes, floods) and folks are without resources, nuclear meltdowns or if there is an EMP or asteroid that takes out communications and infrastructure, and during racial tensions in inner cities and mobs breakout, as well as illegal drug smugglers coming across the borders, and with mass shootings and terrorists attacks.
Just like they were through out American History, these modern day Minutemen Militia are ready at any minute to handle any trouble that arises to defend our towns and people from threats of danger. Approximately 30% to 70% of Americans are legally armed depending on what part of the country you live in. The nationwide average is about 80 million gun owners who own at least one registered gun, (there are between 280-310 million guns), or approximately 1 out of 3 households are armed. These registered gun owners are willing to protect their homes, family, friends, and neighbors from attack from those who would attempt to cause harm to life, liberty, and the pursuit of freedom in our country.
Progeny Press has created a great study guide to get young people interested in American History using a simple story with characters they can relate too. Would you like to learn more about the Minutemen Militia and the American Revolution? Then you might want to go on this learning adventure, and check out this great study guide from Progeny Press, and perhaps your family will be inspired to be a part of the Minutemen in your local area and will gain a deeper appreciation for the sacrifices so many have made for the freedoms we enjoy today.
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