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Singing Along with the American Revolutionary War
Fifth graders read Chapter 12 in their social studies book, as well as trade books, and encyclopedias. They identify major events that took place during the American Revolutionary War. Students create a song (groups of 4-5 people) using the events, a familiar musical tune, and motions.
5th Visual & Performing Arts
Lesson 3/4 - Revolution and the Pattern of War 1774-1783
Part three of this excellent four-part series on the American Revolutionary War is as good as its predecessors. It covers a 10-year period, beginning in 1774 and ending with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. Concepts covered include, colonial war tactics, the French Alliance and treaty, the main reasons why colonists moved toward rebellion, the significance of the victory in Saratoga in 1777, and the Treaty of Paris.
10 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Revolutionary War Patriots and Loyalists
Students research a famous man or woman of the American Revolutionary War. They listen to the story on tape "Guns For General Washington," conduct Internet research, and create a written report, poster, and first person oral report.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History
Introduction to American Revolutionary War
Fourth graders research the important people of the American Revolutionary War. In this social studies/US history lesson, 4th graders discover the important people in the American Revolutionary War by researching them and viewing a slideshow.
4th Social Studies & History
Perspectives of the American Revolutionary War
e purpose of this unit is for young scholars to understand the American Revolutionary War and evaluate different perspectives relative to causes and effects of the war. The concept of perspective is examined in the concept of decision making.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History
Heroes of the American Revolutionary War
Students watch a video and read a poem about the events that led to the Revolutionary War. They develop graphic organizers to analyze famous quotes from the Colonial Era and create posters demonstrating the positions of the Patriots and Tories.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History
A Country Is Born-The American Revolutionary War
Seventh graders construct a historical timeline of events leading up to and during the Revolutionary War. They give a speech pleading the cause of independence and compare and contrast today's news media with the ideals of the revolutionary era.
7th Social Studies & History
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
Intro To The American Revolutionary War (2nd)
Eighth graders explore the events of the American Revolutionary War. After reading The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, as an introduction to the lesson plan, 8th graders participate in a simulation to experience the Nation of Ms. Goldwasser which represents a parallel between the British Colonies and Great Britain.
8th Social Studies & History
Going Back in Time Using “George Washington’s Socks”
After reading Elvira Woodruff's George Washington's Socks, young readers and writers embark upon writing their own historically based story, with a focus on developing ideas and details throughout the piece. In small groups, class members begin by reviewing student examples of the assignment and discussing idea development.
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Gotta Go Back in Time
What better way to conclude a reading of George Washington's Socks than by writing original historical fiction narratives. After choosing interesting events from the past, young writers perform research to gather key facts to include in their stories.
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Persuasion in Historical Context: The Gettysburg Address
The Gettysburg Address is a powerful text. Use it to teach persuasion and the importance of word choice. The lesson detailed here includes a scaffolded background knowledge activity that includes image analysis of photos from the Civil War era.
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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