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Common Sense: The Rhetoric of Popular Democracy
High schoolers identify important arguments for independence made in Thomas Paine's Common Sense. They explain why these arguments helped persuade American colonists that independence was necessary. Students describe the importance of Common Sense in the movement toward revolution.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 9 Views 73 Downloads
Lesson 2: Using Common Sense
Tenth graders explore the impact of Thomas Paine on the American Revolution. In this colonial America instructional activity, 10th graders analyze Common Sense and then paraphrase selected excerpts of the pamphlet. Students also respond to discussion questions based on Common Sense.
10th Social Studies & History 5 Views 34 Downloads
Moving Toward Independence
Eighth graders identify the reasons why colonists were fed up enough to want to break free of colonial rule and create their own government. They complete an in-dept analysis of the pamphlet Common Sense and it's role in fueling the colonists desire for their own free government.
8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 18 Downloads
Lesson: Allison Smith: What Are You Fighting For?
Trench art is a nontraditional art form created by soldiers in trenches during wartime. Artist Allison Smith connects her art to the American Revolution and the question: "What are you fighting for?" Kids examine her art, how it connects to The Declaration of Independence and Common Sense, and then they write a proclamation of their own.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 6 Downloads
The Declaration and Beyond
Middle schoolers are explained that they are going to use a part of Thomas Paine's 1776 pamplet Common Sense as a starting point for exploring about argumentation, or persuasive writing. They are given a copy of the excerpt. Students discuss what Paine's overall argument is in the foregoing.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 5 Views 27 Downloads
New Review 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 64 Views 50 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Loyalists Lesson Plan
Students learn about the struggle for independence in America. In this American independence lesson, students learn about the movement towards independence and define what a loyalist was. Students complete a graphic organizer and discuss why some colonists opposed independence.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History 5 Views 4 Downloads
Writing the Declaration of Independence
Young scholars examine the purpose of the Second Continental Congress. In this U.S. history lesson, students research the work of Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, and other Patriots who fought for the independence of the 13 colonies.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History 4 Views 37 Downloads
Ideas Behind the Declaration of Independence
Students examine the causes of the Revolutionary War. Using the Declaration of Independence, they analyze how the ideas of John Locke helped shape the document. They use other primary source documents to compare the Declaration of Independence to Thomas Paine's "Common Sense".
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 5 Views 49 Downloads
Ideas That Shaped the Declaration of Independence
Fifth graders analyze the political ideas of John Locke and Common Sense. They discover how these were influential in the writing of the Declaration of Independence. Students highlight concepts common to all three documents and record them from memory on paper.
5th Social Studies & History 6 Views 22 Downloads
Here is a comprehensive and succinct resource on the major principles of the United States Constitution, such as rule of law, due process, and limited resources. Worksheets and activities allow learners to not only examine these big ideas, but to link them directly to provisions of the Constitution and to summarize them in engaging and active ways.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 37 Views 27 Downloads CCSS: Designed
New Review Colonialism and American Foundations Sample Test Questions
What was the main cause of European colonization in America? How did Thomas Paine's Common Sense play a role in the establishment of the United States? What was the trans-Atlantic slave trade? These are just a few of the many questions that your learners will consider as they complete this 22-question, multiple-choice assessment on the foundations of the American nation.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History 23 Views 25 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Should the Colonists Have Signed the Declaration of Independence?
Explore the Declaration of Independence in this US History lesson. Middle schoolers compare and contrast viewpoints of the Loyalists and the Patriots as they discuss the issue of colonial independence from Britain. They present support for both groups using a debate format, and then they come to a consensus about how the signing of the Declaration of Independence was a positive step in US history.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 44 Views 450 Downloads