American Revolution Government and Politics Teacher Resources
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On the Road to Revolution: Creating a Living Timeline
Divided into nine topic groups, from the Proclamation of 1763 to the Battles of Lexington and Concord, your young historians will research major events on the road to the American Revolution and then create a 2-3 minute sketch explaining their topics to the class.
5th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Constitution, the Articles, and Federalism
Check out this entertaining, speedy, and highly informative overview of the founding stages of the United States government. The video includes a detailed discussion of the limitations of the Articles of Confederation, the eventual creation of the Constitution and its allocations for congressional makeup and branches of government, and how ratification of the Constitution essentially helped to clarify the political ideology of the American people.
13 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Cumulative Review: Social Studies
Have you just finished teaching chapters 1-5 of your social studies book and are ready to test your class? If so, you are in luck! Here is a well-organized cumulative review that covers multiple topics, main ideas, and vocabulary related to the age of exploration, American colonization, The Revolutionary War, and the forming of the US government.
9th - 10th Social Studies & History
Wanted: A Just Right Government
What type of government did American colonists gain and seek after gaining their independence after the Revolutionary War? Here is lesson that will guide your young learners through the new nation's progression from the Articles of Confederation to the creation of the United States Constitution.
6th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Practice Test: Colonialism and the Foundations of American Democracy
Which document introduced the idea of limited government? What is the official beginning of the American Revolution? From the colonial period to the establishment of the Constitution, this assessment includes 40 multiple choice questions on the foundations of American democracy.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Causes of the American Revolution
Beginning with the experience of hearing that lockers in school will be taxed, through analysis of political cartoons and informational text, and culminating in a debate between loyalists and patriots, your class members will engage in a comprehensive review of the causes of the American Revolution.
10th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Hacking Campaign, Seen as Linked to China's Arm, Targets US Industry and Government
This single link includes six New York Times articles for learners to read. Each article relates to the Chinese culture, government, school system, or economics in some way. Each also includes a set of comprehension questions for learners to answer.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History
What Experiences Shaped the Founders' Thinking about Government?
Learners 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. Learners then study the experiences that led to the American Revolution.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
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.
3rd - 8th Social Studies & History
Tea, Taxes, and the American Revolution
Rather than simply summarizing the events that led to the American Revolution, have your learners listen as John Green offers some interesting points to be used as discussion or writing prompts in your review of the war. Green details early American colonies as self-governing entities, brings to light some hypocrisies of the War for Independence, and concludes by discussing the influence of the Enlightenment.
11 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
New Review The Continental Congress
Here is a fantastic video highlighting the role of Thomas Jefferson at the Continental Congress, focusing on the language of the Declaration of Independence and its listing of grievances against the British government.
4 mins 8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
In an engaging activity on universal and unalienable rights, learners work in groups to establish a democratic nation and determine what principles they want to protect to ensure a democratic society. They conduct a "rights auction" in which each group examines the Bill of Rights and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and then bids on which provisions are most necessary to their governments.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
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.
17 mins 7th - 12th Social Studies & History
Liberty Theme Park Project
Invite your young historians to demonstrate how the American Revolution truly was one crazy ride after another as they design a theme park! This unique and engaging project prompts learners to consider major events leading up to and comprising the Revolutionary War, and to design games, rides, and/or activities that represent the actions and significance of those events.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The War in the South, 1778–1781
The second in a three-part look at the Revolutionary War focuses the years from 1778 through 1781 and zooms in on military operations in the southern colonies, the French alliance, and the role African-Americans played in events. Class members examine primary source documents, and their interactive maps created in the previous lesson, to determine why the British attempt to move the battlefield into the South proved unsuccessful.
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Principles of the US Constitution
After breaking into groups according to major principles of government (i.e. popular sovereignty, separation of powers, checks and balances, etc.) in the United States, your class members will produce public service announcements outlining their assigned principles, and consider which principle is most important to the Constitution.
10th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The "Federal" in Federalism
How are states in the United States related to each other? Does the government bind them together? Do states have different governments? After reading about federal power as a whole group, your class members will participate in a processing activity in which they will be given cut-outs of expressed, implied, and reserved powers to attach to a projected Venn diagram.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed