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New! Not Getting the News about the Stamp Act
How did American colonists react to the Stamp Act of 1765? Your young historians will examine primary source material by reading excerpts from a transcription of the Pennsylvania Gazette and then identifying the sentiments expressed by colonists toward this tax. They will also compare the transmission of information today to that of colonial times, and will conclude by composing a letter to the editor of the Gazette from the perspective of a colonist. Tip: To easily locate the primary source document that is the main focus of this lesson, go to the provided link and find November 7 within the page.
The Stamp Act and Virtual Representation
"No taxation without representation!" While many have heard this rallying cry of the American colonists prior to the Revolutionary War, rarely is time given to hear the British reasoning behind their implementation of the Stamp Act. This instructional activity, which presents the cases of both the British government and American colonists side-by-side, will help your class acquire valuable perspective on a key event contributing to the American Revolution.
Was the Stamp Act Fair?
Elementary and middle schoolers examine and evaluate different perspectives concerning events leading to the American Revolution. In this case, they hone in on the Stamp Act. They research controversial bills, laws, or events of the time period and decide whether or not they support or oppose the law.
The Stamp Act Effect
Sixth graders examine the Stamp Act. In this Stamp Act lesson, 6th graders analyze documents surrounding the Stamp Act. Students determine the reasons, oppositions and impacts of the Stamp Act and organize this information on a chart. Students use this information to create an essay.
Why were the colonists upset about the Stamp Act?
Fifth graders read documents to address why colonists were upset about the Stamp Act. In this sourcing and contextualization lesson, 5th graders read a variety of documents from the American Revolution and predict the author's perspective on the Stamp Act. Students discuss the documents to corroborate or cross-check their work.
Stamp Act of 1765
Fifth graders watch videos, read poems, debate, and more about the Stamp Act of 1765. For this Stamp Act lesson plan, 5th graders relate to the colonists in the time of taxation.
Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?
Fifth graders describe the changes in King George III's policy toward the American colonies by sequencing key events between the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. They explain the colonial reactions to command decisions made by King George III and the British Parliament by describing events related to the Stamp Act and the Tea Act.
Causes of the American Revolution
Fifth graders investigate the causes of the American Revolution. They explore how political, religious, and economic ideas and interests brought about the Revolution (e.g., the Stamp Act, the Townshend Acts, taxes on tea, coercive Acts). After all the investigations are discussed, the students prepare for a debate on the causes of the American Revolution.
Causes of the American Revolution: the Stamp Act Crisis
Fifth graders view primary documents to become familiar with the causes of the American Revolutionary War. In this Causes of the American Revolution lesson, 5th graders answer questions based on the documents. Students complete a graphic organizer projected on an overhead projector.
The Shot Heard Around the World
Fifth graders examine the events leading up to the beginning of the Revolutionary War. In groups, they put the events into chronological order and create a timeline. As a class, they discuss the reprecussions of the Stamp Act, Quartering Act and Boston Port Act to end the lesson.
Marching Toward Freedom: Lesson 5
Fourth graders explore personal freedoms by analyzing U.S history. In this colonial era lesson, 4th graders identify the Colonial era and identify the 3 types of colonists that inhabited the U.S. at that time. Students define the Sugar Act, Stamp Act and Townshend acts before viewing a video in class.
Was the Stamp Act Fair?
Students examine British and Colonial perspectives on the Stamp Act through classroom simulation and document analysis. They discuss concept of taxes, and determine whether or not the Stamp Act was fair.
Colonial Reaction To The Stamp Act
Students analyze several eighteenth-century documents to determine the colonial opinion of Great Britain's attempts to tax the colonists in the 1760s. They read and discuss a variety of primary source material from the era.
Stamp Act: Virtual Representation vs. Actual Representation
Eleventh graders research and discuss the different points of view of colonists in terms of taxation, as well as how these viewpoints helped lead to the revolution.
The Stamp Act
In this teaching American history worksheet, young scholars examine a primary source document regarding the Stamp Act. Students discuss their impressions of the document.
Fifth graders write about the Stamp Act and pretend they are being taxed by the British and write how they feel. In this Stamp Act lesson plan, 5th graders view a taxation simulation.
Oath of Support for the Stamp Act of 1765
In this Stamp Act worksheet, students fill in the blanks of the oath of support for the Stamp Act. Student also sign the fictitious document to show their support of the act.
Events Leading To the American Revolution Newspaper Activity
Students read about and discuss three important events that led up to the American Revolution. They research and present information on the French and Indian War, the Sugar Act, and the Stamp Act then write a short newspaper article about one of the events.
Empire to Independence
Here is a wonderful presentation, perfect for setting the stage for the Revolutionary War. Containing great information and images, it acts as a timeline of events starting with the French Indian War and ending with the dawn of the American Revolution. The plan of union, Stamp Act, Boston Tea Party, Tea Act, Boston Massacre, and George Washington are described in rich detail.
Was the Stamp Act Fair?
Students examine British and Colonial perspectives on the Stamp Act. They determine whether or not the act was fair. Students are intrdouced to the social and economic forces that pushed Americans toward Revolution.