A website from the Massachusetts Historical Society; founded 1791.
Adams Family Papers : An Electronic Archive

Teacher and Student Resources

"The Education of Our Children is never out of my Mind. Train them to Virtue, habituate them to industry, activity, and Spirit."
John Adams, Letter to Abigail Adams, 28 August 1774
From Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.

The Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive is a rich resource for students and teachers interested in John and Abigail Adams and their family and in the history of the United States in the era of the American Revolution. Visit the Browse page to begin exploring the digital collection for materials to use in your own project or lesson plan or follow the links below to examine teacher-created classroom materials based on original, primary-source materials found in the Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive.

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Abigail's War: The American Revolution through the Eyes of Abigail AdamsDeveloped by Rachel M. Ottman, Grade 5 Teacher, McCarthy Middle School, Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

Rationale / Teacher's Guide

Activity Book

Abigail's War is a student activity book based on letters exchanged between John and Abigail Adams. It promotes writing and mathematical skills at the same time as it helps students relate to the world of the American Revolution (please see the Rationale for a detailed explanation). Following a lesson introducing primary sources, the book offers exercises on the Battle of Bunker Hill, wartime economy, and everyday life on the Revolutionary War home front.

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