Celebrate Independence Day with These Three Storyworks Stories

By Talia Cowen
July 3, 2019

This year, to celebrate Independence Day, we here at Storyworks wanted to share two gripping historical reads on the American Revolution: Girl. Fighter. Hero. and Blood, Smoke, and FreedomPlus, we couldn't help but throw in one of our favorite paired texts about two icy summer treats—because what 4th of July celebration is complete without ice and ice cream?

This dramatic play will introduce you to a brave Revolutionary War heroine: Sybil Ludington. Sybil—sometimes called the female Paul Revere—rode her horse nearly 40 miles throughout Putnam County, NY, to warn the local Patriot militia that the British were planning an attack on nearby Danbury, CT. I won’t spoil the ending, but I will tell you that George Washington makes an appearance! Gather ‘round and perform this riveting play at your 4th of July BBQ.

BONUS: Our time machine video is a crash course on what life was like during the time of the American Revolution.

This gripping nonfiction story tells the thrilling tale of the Battle of Brooklyn, an early and crucial battle in the Revolutionary War. Told through the eyes of a 15-year-old soldier, this true story illuminates the seemingly insurmountable challenges the Americans faced in defeating the British, the heroism of the Revolutionary soldiers, and the brilliance of General George Washington. It will transport you right back to 1776!

BONUS: Check out Lauren’s virtual field trip to the American Revolution Museum in Philadelphia. You can also download several levels of the Storyworks story for free!

While an ice-cold glass of water or a freezing scoop of ice cream will cool you down on a sweltering summer's day, we also think it's refreshing to learn where they came from! Our paired text from September 2016 about the history of ice and ice cream will help you do just that. It’s also a freebie, so you can share it with the biggest cold-food fanatic in your life. A word of advice: Read slowly to avoid a brain freeze!

We’d love to hear about your Independence Day plans! As always, you can drop us a line at storyworks@scholastic.com.


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