Homeschooling: The Unknown Heroes of the American Revolution - Spies

April 06, 2020
Traditionally, American History is taught in 11th grade.  Now that my Youngest is in the same grade, we didn't want to do the standard textbook rundown of American History.  Instead, he wanted to spend time on different wars. I thought it would be fun to learn more about unknown people and stories from history that are usually not told or expounded on in public school American History classes.

At the beginning of the school year, we jumped right to the Revolutionary War.  Instead of spending time on the key figures of the war, we chose something more interesting: Spies.

Some espionage in the Revolutionary War wasn't necessarily successful. Then came the Culper Spy Ring. This is a fascinating story of ordinary, yet daring and patriotic people behind-the-scenes using creative and successful tools to pass important messages for General Washington.
Want a complete syllabus with questions and activities for your teen?  
Read through to the end of this post!  

Book to Read: 

More Background Reading:  



  • Watch these TV episodes and give a synopsis of each.  Do you agree with their research?  Why or why not?  What questions do you have after watching these episodes?
  • America Unearthed with Scott Wolper - The Spy Who Saved America (Season 4, Episode 6) Sign in to view for free with a TV provider.

More Websites for Research: 

For a complete syllabus with more teaching resources plus questions and activities for your teen,
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