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Tenth graders consider the effectiveness of the Second Continental Congress. In 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.
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.
Fourth graders explore U.S. history by participating in a word detective activity. In this Second Continental Congress lesson plan, 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.
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.
Students 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.
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.
In this U.S. government instructional activity, students respond to 1 essay and 5 short answer questions about the Second Continental Congress.
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.
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.
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about the American Revolution. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
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 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.
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.
Rather than simply summarizing the events that led to the American Revolution, have your learners listen as John Green offers some interesting points to be used as discussion or writing prompts in your review of the war. Green details early American colonies as self-governing entities, brings to light some hypocrisies of the War for Independence, and concludes by discussing the influence of the Enlightenment.
This simple project can have great implications for your learners' understanding of the shifts in power during the American Revolution. Using an included worksheet, your young historians will design a timeline of the revolution and identify five events they believe were most significant to the changes in power. 
Why are the American Revolution and the War for Independence not the same thing? Were taxes really the main point of contestation for the colonists? Listen as this fantastic presenter discusses the roots of the American Revolution, highlighting the changing attitudes of the colonists toward abstract ideas based on freedom and natural rights, and detailing major events such as the Intolerable Acts, impact of boycotts, the First Continental Congress, and the beginning conflicts of the Revolutionary War itself.
The final segment of this terrific four-part series on the American Revolutionary War offers a unique perspective on the losers of the war. The Tories, who were the colonists who stayed loyal to the British Empire, were ostracized and shunned. The video also goes over the First and Second Continental Congresses, and the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. An excellent finish to a fine series.
Did you know that the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 2, 1776? Did you know that five men, not just Thomas Jefferson, are credited with writing the Declaration? Did you know that references to slavery were excised from the document? These and other fun facts are related in a short video about the history of this famous document.
Using primary source documents, including maps, learners examine Revolutionary War events from 1775 to 1778. The focus here is on the challenges George Washington and the Continental army faced and how they persevered in spite of those hardships. Four activities--a panel discussion, a whole-class discussion of documents, map work, and a time-line activity provide individuals with the information they need to craft an essay on whether or not Washington lived up to the Continental Congress's expectations.
The various peace proposals, made by both sides, to end the Revolutionary War come under scrutiny in this final lesson of a three-part series on the war. Class members read primary source documents and compare them with military campaigns occurring at the same time. The final activity in the series has groups studying the terms of the 1783 Treaty of Paris and then individuals draw the postwar boundaries of the US on their interactive maps.

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