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March Madness - American Revolution Edition

For this project students will choose an individual from the Revolutionary War Era (1764-1789) and compete against classmates to answer the question “Who was most important in America gaining its Independence?”

Each student will choose their person and be responsible for comprehensive research to support any and all arguments that could be presented.

Topics to research:

  • Early Life & Upbringing
  • Pre-war efforts towards Independence
  • Character Traits
  • Roles and contributions to efforts for Independence
  • Leadership positions before & during the war
  • Major decisions & actions that made an impact on the War

People to consider (not  an exclusive list):

  • Abigail Adams
  • John Adams
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Samuel Adams
  • Joseph Brant
  • Debroah Sampson
  • Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley (Molly Pitcher)
  • Ben Franklin
  • King George III (as antagonist)
  • Nathaniel Greene
  • George Greenville
  • John Hancock
  • Alexander Hamilton
  • Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau
  • John Paul Jones
  • Benedict Arnold
  • Patrick Henry
  • John Jay
  • John Paul Jones
  • John Stark
  • Anthony Wayne
  • Daniel Morgan
  • Oliver Cromwell
  • Samuel Fraunces
  • Phoebe Fraunces
  • Peter Salem
  • Prince Whipple
  • Prince Sisson
  • Ethan Allen
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Pontiac
  • Nathan Hale
  • Horatio Gates
  • Gouvernor Morris
  • Baron Von Steuben
  • Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette
  • Henry Knox
  • James Armistead Lafayette
  • Richard Henry Lee
  • James Madison
  • James Monroe
  • Robert Morris
  • Thomas Paine
  • Paul Revere
  • Joseph Warren
  • George Washington
  • Abigail Adams
  • Catherine Moore Barry
  • Esther Reed
  • Margaret Corbin
  • Nancy Hart
  • Nancy Ward
  • Phillis Wheatley
  • Hannah Arnett
  • Martha Bratton
  • Lydia Darragh
  • Sybil Ludington
  • Rebecca Motte
  • Besty Ross
  • Mercy Otis Warren
  • Prudence Wright
  • Elizabeth Zane
  • Penelope Barker
  • Elizabeth Burgin
  • Emily Geiger
  • Grace Martin
  • Rachel Martin
  • Mary Lindley Murray
  • Martha Washington
  • Patience Wright


Each important figure will be placed on a tournament bracket randomly by Mr. Armbruster and Mr. Krysl.  Match-ups will be established a minimum of one day prior.  Students will be expected to be prepared on that day and will be graded for the information collected and argument presented.  Once the match-ups are set, students can also research their opponents person to help build their case for ‘most important American.’

Each match-up will begin with a 90 second opening statement by each side.  This time should be used to hit the audience in the face (not literally) with quick facts and most important arguments for your person.  Rebuttal opportunities will then be offered to both sides.  The length and number of opportunities will be regulated by Mr. Armbruster and Mr. Krysl and can last as long as effective, well-prepared arguments are being utilized.

Match-ups and rounds will continue until each class has determined a single winner.