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August 17

Davy Crockett was born in 1786.

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Davy Crockett was born in 1786.

Grades 7 – 12
Calendar Activity Type Historical Figure & Event





David (aka Davy) Crockett was born in Hawkins County, Tennessee in 1786, and died during the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas in 1836. Crockett was a frontier explorer, adventurer, politician, and soldier. His life inspired many stories that were exaggerated into tall tales of his adventures in the frontier lands of the United States.





Perhaps better known to students for his adventures on the American frontier, Davy Crockett was also a politician who served in the Tennessee legislature and who represented the state in the U.S. Congress.

Share "Crockett's Rules for the Guidance of Politicians" from Life of David Crockett (1860) with your class. In this excerpt from his biography, Crockett outlines how to have a successful career in politics. After reading the piece (or selected excerpts) with your students, consider whether present-day politicians follow Crockett's advice.

Students might conclude the exploration with a reflection on how much (or how little) life in the political sphere has changed. Encourage students to account for the reasons why some political practices change over time, as well as to consider the reasons why some practices remain the same even in very different settings.




  • David "Davy" Crockett (1786-1836)

    From the PBS companion website to the film Remember the Alamo, this page provides a brief biography of Crockett's life with accompanying illustrations.


  • David Crockett: His Life and Adventures

    This electronic version of Crockett's biography, written by John S.C. Abbott, provides the complete text of the 1874 version of the printed book.


  • American Folklore: Tall Tales

    This webpage from the American Folklore website contains links to dozens of tall tales, which can be used to extend your exploration of the genre. This site also includes a tall tale called "Davy Crockett and the Frozen Dawn."


  • Portrait of Davy Crockett

    After your students have read some of the tall tales featuring Davy Crockett, have them look at this portrait. How does it compare with the image of Crockett from the tales?



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John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was born in 1775.

Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 26

John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was born in 1775.

Students use the Timeline Tool to organize details about Chapman's life, the Venn Diagram to organize information, and the Shape Poems Interactive to create poems about apples or Johnny Appleseed.