"This teacher's guide gives many wonderful suggestions of how to integrate subjects with the historical content of this novel. . .[and] suggests questions that challenge higher level thinking."—Susan Elliott, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Quinnipiac University; Literacy and Curriculum Development This guide is for Dorothea Jensen's award-winning (Literary Classics, Purple Dragonfly, eLit Awards, etc.) historical novel for young readers, A Buss from Lafayette. It contains bulletin board ideas, vocabulary exercises, varied student handouts, puzzles, games, reading comprehension quizzes, discussion questions, and both individual and class projects. Its cross-curricular activities include language arts/reading, social studies, mathematics, health/safety, art, music, dance, drama, recipes, and suggestions for real and virtual field trips. A full answer key is provided.
The main topics covered are the American Revolution, Lafayette's role in our War of Independence, Lafayette's Farewell Tour of America in 1824-5, and everyday life and customs in rural America in the 1820s.
Dorothea Jensen is proud to be one of a very few people who has boarded a pirate ship and attacked a Viking vessel manned by real Vikings wearing horns and furs. She was born in Boston, but grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois, site of the Viking adventure. She then earned a BA in English from Carleton College and an MA in Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico. She has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South America, taught middle and high school English, tutored refugees in ESL, written grant proposals for various arts organizations, written a play performed in Noh style, and raised three children.
Her first historical novel for young readers, THE RIDDLE OF PENNCROFT FARM, has been used in classrooms for many years as an enrichment resource for kids studying the American Revolution. Her next novel, A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, is set in 1825 in the small town in New Hampshire where she has lived since 1991.
Dorothea also writes modern Christmas stories in verse. Modeled on the 19th century classic poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas", these award-winning Santa's Izzy Elves story poems feature decidedly 21st century elves savvy in modern technology.
I recently traveled through Hesse in Germany, where the tour director said that this was where the German troops came from who fought for the British during the American Revolution. He described them as "mercenaries." This was not accurate. First, although referred to as Hessians by Americans, many of the German troops came from other German states, such as Brunswick. Secondly, these troops were not actually mercenaries (individual soldiers who are paid to fight for a cause or country that is not their own). These troops fought for their own princes, who ordered them to fight as "auxiliary" troops for Great Britain. In essence, George III rented them from German princes (some of whom were his relatives). Of the 30,000 German troops rented by Great Britain, 3,000-5,000 chose to stay in America after the war.
A Buss From Lafayette Teacher’s Guide
Some of the foreigners who participated in the American Revolution were NOT volunteers and fought on the British side. These were soldiers “rented” from German princes by George III. Although Americans called them “Hessians,” not all of them came from Hesse. Where else did they come from? Research the terms under which they ended up fighting here. Did the British pay them to do so? If not, who received the “rent” for their services and/or payment if they were injured or killed. What happened to them after the Revolution?