We had a two-week Loyalists versus Patriots simulation in US history. I can’t say enough good things.
Here are some highlights:
-booing the request not to boo
-making fun of old-fashioned language
-cracking jokes about the redcoats eating too much
-Parents bringing flags for Great Britain- cheering, booing
-the crowd getting out of hand
-a very stirring speech about losing one’s job in Boston
-ALL of the speeches- the material we are learning is very challenging. We’re reading John Locke and basically every other word is in antiquated, college-level language. They made so much sense of it!! And tried so hard. And it totally paid off.
-The mob was a failure, but looking for tea was not.
-The ‘tarring and feathering’. When you get tarred and feathered, you have to wear a really heinous pink and yellow wig and oversized party sunglasses and walk around the block, while Congress members yell old-fashioned insults at you. It was the day after Halloween. Our ‘victim’ (who was a great sport by the way) basically sprinted around the block, but everyone in the neighborhood and at the park gawked at us and it was hilarious.
-the unanimous roar when it was suggested that women and laborers should get the right to vote. Seriously, parents jumping and dancing
-In a surprising turn of events, the Loyalists won and New York voted against independence from Britain. It was a huge victory for the Loyalists because there were only two of them against three Patriots in our version. Historical simulations are full of surprises.
Hope you’re well.