I Survived the American Revolution, 1776

Teaching Ideas and Book Unit Samples for I Survived the American Revolution, 1776

Lauren Tarshis writes the fifteenth book in her popular I Survived Series – I Survived the American Revolution. The series began with I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 in 2010. Since then, two books each year have been published. Readers can experience both natural and man-made disasters through this series. Fire, war, storms, and even shark attacks will keep the reader engaged. 

The Story

I Survived the American Revolutionary, 1776 Teaching Ideas

Are you looking for a great book that will tie in with social studies? I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 is a great choice.

I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 tells the story of Nate. When three-year-old Theo accidentally hits Uncle Storch with a stick, Nate takes the blame. As his cruel uncle begins to choke him, Nate realizes he must run away from home in order to survive. Nate stows away on a ship. He winds up in New York City. The city is not the place Nate remembers. Boarded-up buildings line the street. Soldiers build large earthen barricades. Not knowing what to do, Nate just walks. He observes all the preparations for war. Nate soon runs into an old friend who gets him a job as the camp helper for the Connecticut 15th. Through a series of events, Nate ends up on the battlefield. The thrilling story of courage is a must-read.

Teachable Moments

The story is full of historical information including:

  • important battles
  • famous Revolutionary figures
  • trivia such was where the song Yankee Doodle came from


Just about any place that sells books carries this popular series. Scholastic Book Clubs are usually the most economical place to purchased the books. They run $3.00 a copy. If you buy the books in packs the cost comes down even more. 

FREE Teaching Ideas to use with
I Survived the American Revolution, 1776

Activity #1 

Check out the Revolutionary War Webpages on Book Units Teacher. Students can read the information in fifteen mini-lessons. Online quizzes test students understanding of the lessons.   

Activity #2

Free Foldable Revolutionary War Timeline Organizer

Read Ten Interesting Facts … the Revolutionary War. Then download this timeline organizer.

Activity #3

If you would like to try out the I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including:

  • Vocabulary Practice for Chapters 1-2
  • Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-2 
  • Constructed Response Question for Setting
  • Photos to Show What the Rest of the Unit Looks Like

Free Samples from I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 Book Unit

I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook. Skills include vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. Language arts skill practice is also included. Printable and Google Digital versions are available.

Gay Miller


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