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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.
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. Additionally, students are broken into small groups to research their assigned person and create a class book on famous Americans during the American Revolutionary War.
Eighth graders explore the events of the American Revolutionary War. After reading The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, as an introduction to the lesson, 8th graders participate in a simulation to experience the Nation of Ms. Goldwasser which represents a parallel between the British Colonies and Great Britain. They examine the significance events of the Revolutionary War.
Eighth graders examine the events leading up to the Revolutionary War with a focus on the Boston Tea Party. Using the internet, they discover why the tea was dropped into the harbor by the colonists and research the Intolerable Acts. They discuss the grievances the First Continental Congress presented to King George of England.
Students read Patrick Henry's speech. They review prior learning about persuasive writing, and the American revolutionary war. Students listen as the teacher reads Patrick Henry's speech aloud to the class using lots of emotion and gestures. Students take notes on what makes this speech persuasive. The class discusses the main points of Henry's argument.
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. After your pupils have a strong understanding of the time period, lead them in a class reading and send them off to practice a group reading. The lesson includes a vocabulary list and a series of activities that focus on literary devices, repetition in particular. This Common Core designed resource will help your learners understand both the text and the power of language.
High schoolers examine writings from the period the American Revolutionary War. They focus on the writing of Benjamin Franklin, and attempt to emulate his style and focus. Franklin's writings literally helped to transform the nation, and he kept a type of journal called a "virtue log." Learners make their own virtue logs, and write about something they want to improve in themselves, society, or at school. This three-day project should lead to some thoughtful writing, and it will be interesting to hear what each pupil has to say.
Learners establish similarities to George Washington's time in office with the song "Yankee Doodle." In this U.S. History instructional activity, students learn the song "Yankee Doodle" then create a timeline of the song and a timeline of George Washington's time serving as President. After the comparisons of the two are completed, learners add an additional verse to the song and sing it to the class.