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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.
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.
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.
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.
Sixth graders investigate the causes of the American Revolution. In this causes of the American Revolution lesson plan, 6th graders make hypotheses, analyze data, and rank the top causes of the war. Students complete a timeline and write a paragraph on the most important cause.
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.
Students examine the causes of dissatisfaction that led to the American Revolution. Then they make a Flap Vocabulary Book and glue on a map of the thirteen colonies and make a title page called "Road to War in it." Students also identify and interpret the Proclamation Act of 1763, the Sugar Act 1764, the Stamp Act 1765, and what the colonial mindset what during this period.
Eighth graders investigate the role of South Carolina in the American Revolution. In this colonial American lesson, 8th graders analyze primary documents and images to determine how the state was involved in the outbreak of the war and how they felt about the war. Students also listen to a lecture and write essays on the topic.
Students identify and examine the Declaration of Independence and ascertain its true intent and its eventual realization. Then they analyze the Declaration of Independence and summarize the intentions of the Declaration. Students also evaluate the degree to which public policies and citizen behaviors reflect or foster the stated ideals of a democratic republican form of government.
How did Colonists react to British rule prior to the American Revolution? Give your high schoolers a taste of oppression with this role-play activity, then let them come up with a revolution of their own. This excercise is intended to provide insight into the minds of the people pushed to revolution in the early days of our nation.