American Revolution Government and Politics Teacher Resources

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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. The resource includes an active participation guide that incorporates several opportunities for the instructor to check for understanding throughout the lesson.
Students examine historical perspectives. In this Boston Massacre lesson, students watch "The Story Behind the Boston Massacre," and conduct further research on the event. Students debate the Patriot and British perspectives of the event.
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. 
Young scholars examine primary sources about the events that lead up to the Revolutionary War. In this Revolutionary War instructional activity, students move through several stations to encounter and understand different causes of the American revolution.
Fifth graders analyze and then draw recruitment posters.  In this Revolutionary War lesson, 5th graders analyze recruitment posters and discuss the attitude towards African Americans.  Students analyze primary documents from the Revolutionary and Civil War eras and compare recruitment for each war. Students design recruitment posters for the Revolutionary War.
Middle schoolers are introduced to the three functions of government (legislative, judicial, and executive). They read and discuss a story about an overworked king who must handle all the tasks of government. Students give a description of the three functions of government. They create a job description for lawmakers, executives, and judges.
Students view a PowerPoint and a map showing areas of land acquisition during the Revolutionary War.  For this Revolutionary War lesson, students complete area maps and study sheets.
Students analyze several documents as they research the Revolutionary War. They evaluate documents and examine them for bias and perspective. They use their research to write monologues from the point of view of a famous Revolutionary War figure.
Students discuss the causes and outcomes of the American Revolution and the need for the American republic form of government.
Learners examine the events that led to the Revolutionary War. In groups, they use this information to create a timeline showing America's quest for freedom. Using the internet, they view photographs and research the conditions of the soliders on each side.
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.
Students explore the causes of the American Revolution. In this American Revolution lesson, students describe the major and important people of the Ameican Revolution. Students watch videos fill out timelines do Internet research to better understand the Revolutionary War.
Fourth graders complete a unit of lessons on the development of the U.S. government. They examine the main ideas of the Declaration of Independence, develop a class translation of the preamble to the Constitution, create a flow chart, and present a skit.
Students examine the last major battle of the Revolutionary War at Yorktown. After viewing photographs, they participate in simulations of the surrender by Cornwallis. To end the instructional activity, they put the events of the battle into the correct order and identify the causes and effects of the battle.
Quickly review of facts relating to U.S. History in this "Baseball Challenge" presentation. The information presented relates to branches of government, the Vietnam War, WWII, and other key events.
A great way to prepare learners for that annual state exam is with a review session. You can use all or only some of these questions to quiz kids on various aspects of colonial America, the Columbian Exchange, and the Revolutionary War. There are 51 questions total, some with answers and some without.
Ninth graders examine the different systems of government politics and power. As they study they'll record their reflections in their journals and in return share their insights with their classmates. For mastery, 9th graders prepare and perform a skit for their classmates.
Fifth graders research, examine and study about the three branches of the government and the contents of the Constitution including both the Articles and the Amendments. They create their own classroom constitution at the end of the unit.
Eighth graders investigate the compromises that took place at the Constitutional Convention. In this U.S. government instructional activity, 8th graders "visit" the convention as they research and debate the issues that arose. Students journal about the activity.
Students complete a unit of lessons on the documents, symbols, and famous people involved in the founding of the U.S. government. They create a personal bill of rights, write a found poem, design a flag, conduct research, and role-play events.