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Lesson 12: Second Continental Congress
Tenth graders consider the effectiveness of the Second Continental Congress. For this early American history lesson, 10th graders act as aides to the Continental Congress and research their roles. Students create PowerPoint presentations that defend the actions of Congress in establishing the new American government.
Lesson 11: Second Continental Congress
Tenth graders consider the effectiveness of the Second Continental Congress. In this early American history lesson, 10th graders read the Olive Branch Petition and discuss its purpose. Students then analyze an image of the Second Continental Congress.
Second Continental Congress: Marching Toward Freedom: Lesson 10
Fourth graders explore U.S. history by participating in a word detective activity. In this Second Continental Congress instructional activity, 4th graders create their own graphic organizer based on the differences between Patriots, Loyalists and "Fence Sitters." Students complete a word search vocabulary activity with their classmates.
The Revolutionary War: The Battle For Freedom
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.
Lost Hero: The "To Do List" of the Continental Congress
Young scholars investigate how the role of president is defined in the Articles of Confederation. They read and discuss primary source documents, answer discussion questions, and describe how the President was elected.
First Continental Congress: Lesson 8
Fourth graders investigate the significance of the First Continental Congress. In this United States history lesson, 4th graders read the book If You Lived At The Time of the American Revolution and research the various viewpoints of the Loyalists and Patriots. Students write a silent debate and an acrostic poem about the First Continental Congress.
Economic Spotter: Money in Revolutionary Times
Young scholars identify the functions of money. After reading a story set in the Revolutionary War, they describe what the money of the time period looked like and how it was used. Using the internet, they compare Continental Congress money with a Spanish half dollar. They write a paragraph citing which money they would like to have if they were living in Valley Forge in 1778.
Economic Spotter: Money in Revolutionary Times
Students explore money of the Revolutionary War Era. In this economics lesson, students compare Continental Congress money to the Spanish half dollar and then write about their preferred money during the time period.
Writing the Declaration of Independence
Students 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.
The Second Continental Congress
For this U.S. government worksheet, students respond to 1 essay and 5 short answer questions about the Second Continental Congress.
The Age of Constitution Writing
Was the United States significantly more democratic in their governing structures and laws after the overthrow of British authorities? Compare and contrast summaries of the country's constitutions under British rule and after independence, as well as examine a summation of the Articles of Confederation.
The Third Congressional Congress
Eighth graders access prior knowledge of the American Revolution. In this American Revolution lesson, 8th graders research important people and events of the Revolution. Students role play various famous people and their impact on the revolution. Students analyze and rewrite parts of the Declaration of Independence.
The American Revolution (1754–1781)
For this online interactive history quiz worksheet, learners respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the American Revolution. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
The War in the North, 1775-1778
Students investigate the hardships and difficulties that the Continental army faced in the early years of the American War for independence. the battles of Lexington and concord and the expectations of the Continental Army forms the focus of this lesson.
President Who? Forgotten Founders and Their Capitols
Students explore the beginning of the United Colonies that were formed in 1774. In this history activity, students discuss the Articles of Confederation and then answer questions about the events surrounding the development of the colonies.
Lost Hero: Was John Hanson Actually the First President?
Students examine developments during John Hanson's term as the first full-term 'President of the U.S. in Congress Assembled.' They explore various websites, read and discuss primary source documents, and complete a chart comparing Washington and Hanson.
History of Money and Banking in the U.S.
Students analyze historical events leading up to the establishment of the Federal Reserve System. Students identify reasons for the lack of confidence in the U.S. banking system early in the nation's history. Students evaluate the economic impact of important events in the history of money and banking in the U.S.
A Lesson To Accompany "The First Bank of the United States: A Chapter in the History of Central Banking"
Here is an interesting topic. Learners examine the economics that led to the founding of the First Bank of America. They participate in a reader's theater experience depicting the debate between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson over the beginnings of the first Bank of the United States. They read primary source documents and the booklet, "The First Bank of the United States." A fun way to introduce banking and US Economics.
Ending the War, 1783
Students investigate how successful they were in obtaining their goals in the Revolutionary War. The peace feelers of 1775 are examined and the reasons for the British rejection of them explored. the main provisions of the Treaty of Paris are discussed.
"The Flood Gates of Civil Discord"
Students analyze George Washington's address to Revolutionary soldiers in 1783. In this American Revolution lesson, students examine letters and a speech by General Washington to determine how he motivated his troops. Students write their own speeches and newspaper articles in response to Washington's words.