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Learners 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.
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.
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.
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.
Middle schoolers cite connections among Franklin's Albany Plan of 1754, his Plan of Confederation of 1775 and the U.S. Constitution and/or the Declaration of Independence. In an essay, they give examples of the philosophical and political contributions of Franklin and Jefferson.
Learners 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. Learners write a message to a classmate by using an invisible ink from lemon juice. Students reveal the coded message by using a light bulb.
Students study the ideas and experiences that shaped the founding fathers' perspective about government. In 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.
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.
Young scholars explore U.S. growth by examining photographs. In this U.S. government lesson, students discuss the American Revolution and the impact it had on colonial Virginia and 20th century America. Young scholars view photographs and documents from colonial Virginia and create captions for the images.
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.
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.
Here is a series of lessons designed for fifth graders which explores the early growth and expansion of Russia. Learners research four czars: Ivan III and IV, Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great. The research focuses on Russian culture, economy, and government before, during, and after each czar's reign. Russian folktales, and geography are also incorporated into this very fine series of lessons.
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.