We read The Printer's Apprentice by Stephen Krensky to learn more about Colonial America and the events leading up to the American Revolution.
We are only half-way through the book, but so far we have learned about the printing press, paper manufacturing, the politics of the time, the geography of New York, Colonial apprenticeships, Benjamin Franklin, the fire department, and much more. Even the foreward was wonderful!
Most importantly, it provided a great opportunity to discuss the right to freedom of the press.
Upon conclusion, the boys completed a worksheet identifying main features of a printing press, and then we discussed Thomas Jefferson's quote on censorship in light of this book: