American Revolution Government and Politics Teacher Resources
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Students discover that one to explore about the past is to read historical novels. They see that in every war there are many viewpoints to consider. Students are introduced to the young adult historical novel My Brother Sam Is Dead. The novel tells the story of young Tim Meeker, the brother of a Revolutionary War soldier.
Understanding Loyalist Vs. Revolutionary Ideology
Students understand some causes of the American Revolution. Students learn the viewpoints of the loyalists and the American Revolutionaries. Students learn a timeline of facts which they use to compare and contrast the views of the loyalists and the American Revolutionaries.
Blimey! What If the British Had Won the Revolutionary War?
Students work in small groups to research and devop a PowerPoint presentation and write a paper about ways life would be different if the British had won the Revolutionary War. They select and assign roles for each member, working on their section independently and revising as a group.
Founding Myths, Stories that Hide Our Patriotic Past
Students participate in a scavenger hunt using their textbooks to find information about historical events, people and places in US history during the Revolutionary Era. After creating their list of important people, students create charts of their findings, they analyze the information they have found.
Students explore and examine the 40th anniversary of Ernesto Che Guevara's execution and his image as an international symbol of revolutionary values. They then interpret the iconic Che image from a variety of different points of view. and create artwork utilizing his image and legacy.
The Revolutionary War
Eleventh graders explore the causes of the Revolutionary War. In this American History lesson, 11th graders read a novel on the war. Students write a monologue from a colonists point of view.
Preamble to the Constitution: What is Good Government?
Pupils identify what a good government should provide for its citizens, and link their ideas to those of the founding founders by analyzing the Preamble to the Constitution. They create a mural depicting their understanding of the Preamble.
The Story Behind the Boston Tea Party
The event in American history now known as the Boston Tea Party was really anything but a party. Discover how the tax on tea in pre-revolutionary America was seen by colonists as an infringement on their rights and livelihoods, and how this historic event would begin a chain reaction that would result in a profession of independence and the beginning of a new nation.
What Experiences Shaped the Founders' Thinking about Government?
Students study the ideas and experiences that shaped the founding fathers' perspective about government. For this the government lesson plan, students examine the Articles of Confederation as they relate to the power of government. Students then study the experiences that led to the American Revolution.
Revolutionary Essex County-Local Communities Showing National Trends
Learners of all ages explore Revolutionary War protest activities. They view a variety of primary and secondary sources from the 1800s which represent differing opinions on political issues. They discuss the impact government had on the lives of the colonists based on their readings, and design a poster or write a letter using their knowledge of American historical events.
Students identify and research significant people, causes, and primary documents of the U.S. Revolutionary War. They create a class Revolutionary War web using Inspiration computer software, write a journal depicting three days in the life of a selected Revolutionary War figure, and participate in a Revolutionary War Wax Museum presentation.
Geography And The Revolutionary War
Students gain a deeper understanding of both geography and the Revolutionary War. They practice using on line research in examining historical events and using political, physical, and topographic maps.
Virginians in the Revolutionary War Era
Learners identify the varied roles of Virginians in the Revolutionary War era and define the terms patriot, loyalist, and neutral. They then pretend they are patriots and list reasons on a chart why they are fighting against England and discuss.
Revolutionary War Spy Methods
Students research how coded messages were used during the Revolutionary War. In this Revolutionary War lesson, students view primary documents about the Revolutionary War spies and the methods used for sending messages. Students write a message to a classmate by using an invisible ink from lemon juice. Students reveal the coded message by using a light bulb.
George Washington's Revolutionary Journeys
Students take a closer look at historical maps. In this American Revolution lesson, students examine the provided historical maps and documents to determine the assignments that George Washington assigned to subordinates during the Revolutionary War.
AIH-16: Effect of Revolutionary War on American Indians
Young scholars examine how American Indian cultures changed as a result of the Revolutionary War.
Government in Contemporary Virginia
Students explore U.S. growth by examining photographs. In this U.S. government instructional activity, students discuss the American Revolution and the impact it had on colonial Virginia and 20th century America. Students view photographs and documents from colonial Virginia and create captions for the images.
New Nation, New Government
Sixth graders design a symbol to symbolize George Mason, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington, and James Monroe, to commemorate their contributions to the U.S. Constitution. In this government lesson plan, 6th graders observe images of these men and discuss their importance.
French Revolution (Part 4)- The Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte
A good way to transition from the French Revolution to the influence of Napoleon Bonaparte, this video details how the French government changed in the intervening years, and Napoleon's militaristic rise to power. The colorful maps, pictures, and annotations detail the instances in which "Napoleon kicks butt," and will make this presentation appealing to even uninterested historians.
Napoleon and the Wars of the First and Second Coalitions
After a brief summary of Napoleon's conquests and the coalitions against which he fought, this video details his emergence as Emperor and a major superpower in Europe. It summarizes main points about Napoleon, including his trail through Egypt and back into France, and his appointment as first Consul. This video is a good way to expose students to the basic feats of Napoleon through a series of explanatory maps, up to the formation of the Third Coalition in 1803.