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Give Me Liberty
Tenth graders determine how the colonial experience led to the thirst for American independence. In this American Revolution lesson, 10th graders explore the effects of colonial self-government on rebelling from British control. Articles and critical thinking exercises are included.
10th Social Studies & History 3 Views 5 Downloads
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.
4 mins 8th - 12th Social Studies & History 39 Views 30 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: A Lesson on the Declaration of Independence
What does it mean to say that a right is unalienable? How did the founding fathers convey this revolutionary concept in the Declaration of Independence? Engage in a close reading and analysis of the Declaration of Independence, and through careful study of the text consider the universal principles that would form the foundation of a nation.
10th - 12th Language Arts 74 Views 66 Downloads CCSS: Designed
New Review 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 23 Views 17 Downloads 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 3 Views 3 Downloads
Government Goods and Services
Fifth graders investigate the connection between taxes and government services. In this economics lesson, 5th graders discuss the process and benefits of paying sales and income taxes. Using calculators, students compute the amount of tax paid based on the percentage.
5th Math 7 Views 8 Downloads
Jefferson vs. Franklin: Revolutionary Philosophers
Students 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.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 8 Views 17 Downloads
East Timor: The World's Newest Country
This isn't just a hand-out or a reading passage; it's more like a mini book on the history, colonization, independence, and culture of the South East Asian country of Timor. There are extensive readings and discussion questions for learners to address.
12th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History 14 Views 20 Downloads
The American Revolution: 1775 - 1783
Track the ins and outs and wartime strategies used by both the British and the Americans during the Revolutionary War. Multiple comparisons are made between both factions, maps, statistical data, images, and light text is used throughout the presentation.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 12 Views 46 Downloads
Colonial Broadsides and the American Revolution
Young scholars access the Library of Congress's collection of Broadsides (printed material with news, entertainment, advertisements, etc.) and explore their impact on events leading up to the Revolutionary War. They create a timeline with their findings.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 11 Views 17 Downloads
Seeking a Fortune in 18th Century Maritime Boston
Study the Revolutionary War era practice of recruiting seamen to prey upon the British shipping industry, and discuss the impact this practice had on the Colonial war efforts. Learners read and interpret recruiting advertisements for these positions.
4th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 7 Downloads
We the People Level 2
Students explore U.S. history by participating in a government activity. In this Constitution lesson, students identify the role government plays in our society and the differences the British colonies had in the early 18th century. Students read assigned text which describes the historical event and complete worksheets and study questions.
7th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 21 Views 149 Downloads
Preamble to the Constitution: What is Good Government?
Students 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.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 12 Views 65 Downloads
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.
4th - 7th Social Studies & History 47 Views 230 Downloads
Revolutionary War Spy Methods
Students research how coded messages were used during the Revolutionary War. In this Revolutionary War instructional activity, 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.
5th - 7th Social Studies & History 12 Views 36 Downloads
Virginians in the Revolutionary War Era
Students 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.
5th - 7th Social Studies & History 3 Views 12 Downloads
Government in Contemporary Virginia
Students explore U.S. growth by examining photographs. In this U.S. government 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.
K - 4th Visual & Performing Arts 6 Views 12 Downloads
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.
6th Social Studies & History 8 Views 16 Downloads