Colonial Period Battles, Rebellions, and Wars Teacher Resources

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Colonial America and Revolution

For Teachers 8th Standards
The first series of lessons in this unit module examines George Washington's contributions to the Revolutionary War and as the first president of the United States. Scholars also consider Washington as a slaveholder and discuss attitudes...
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Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Congress

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The three lessons in the “Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (AAPI) in Congress” module are designed to help young historians understand the important role Americans with heritage in Asia and the Pacific Islands have played in American...
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History Review: Colonial America

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Explore key moments in American history with the click of a mouse! Learners read 50 questions from different eras in early America, and watch the rest of the presentation to find more questions to answer.
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Colonists Divided: A Revolution and A Civil War

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the background of the American Revolution. In this American Revolution lesson, students examine the viewpoints of Patriots and Loyalists as they prepare for a classroom debate regarding the war.
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Tribes and Colonists

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Native American culture and lifestyle in colonial America are the backdrop for these tasks aimed at improving writing and research skills. Young researchers use graphic organizers, journals, creative writing through story telling,...
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The Seven Years War

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Colonial America brought two nations to war: the British and the French. Scholars research just what caused this conflict to take place, while looking into the long-term ramifications in the American colonies, with an informative and...
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US History Overview 1: Jamestown to the Civil War

For Students 8th - 11th
Complete with territory maps, photos, and interesting anecdotes, this video covers the major events of American History, roughly from 1754 to 1865. Plymouth and Jamestown are mentioned in the beginning of the video, but the speaker...
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Colonialism and American Foundations Sample Test Questions

For Students 8th - 10th Standards
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...
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Pontiac's War

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
New ReviewInvaders are coming: fight them off or run? Native American peoples had to decide this question after British colonists went west following the French and Indian War. Using a speech from Chief Pontiac, young historians consider if they...
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Hollywood Squares: Revolutionary War

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Play a game of Hollywood Squares as a way to review facts about the Revolutionary War. Each of the nine questions cover major events such as the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, and the Stamp Act.
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America: 1763-1776

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about colonial America. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Colonial America: Causes Of The American Revolution

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students examine the causes of the American Revolution. In this colonial America lesson, students read handouts regarding the sequence of events that led to the commencement of the war. Students complete the provided worksheets and...
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Crossword: Introduction to Colonial America

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this crossword worksheet, students read 14 clues pertaining to colonial America. Students place their answers in this puzzle which does not have a word bank.
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North America Gets a Theater...Riot: Crash Course Theater #29

For Students 9th - 12th
Welcome to America! A very entertaining video teaches pupils the history of drama and how it made its way to America. It discusses those that were not pleased with the appearance of theater in the New World and even tells the tale of a...
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Conflict and Captivity in the Colonies

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students examine the coexistence of Native Americans and colonist in colonial America. In this colonial America lesson plan, students research primary documents regarding Hannah Dustin and  Mary Rowlandson's captures and releases at the...
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The Coming of Independence

For Students 7th - 8th
Provide your learners with an opportunity to show what they know. Have them answer 10 questions on colonial America, 13 Colonies, colonial legislature, and popular sovereignty. There are 5 true/false and 5 multiple choice questions.
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On This Day: The End of the French and Indian War

For Students 6th - Higher Ed Standards
Most Americans don't connect the French and Indian War with the American Revolution. Yet, scholars consider the expensive war as a major cause of the conflict. Watching video clips of historians speaking about the conflict, budding...
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The Vietnam War (1945 – 1975)

For Teachers 11th Standards
Have you ever wanted to do something so perfectly you wound up not doing it well at all? Young historians use primary and secondary documents to analyze the United States involvement in the Vietnam War. The issues surrounding the...
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Colonial Broadsides and the American Revolution

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars access the Library of Congress's collection of Broadsides (printed material with news, entertainment, advertisements, etc.) and explore their impact on events leading up to the Revolutionary War. They create a timeline...
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American History: Vocabulary

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Preview vocabulary common to lessons or units on regarding colonial America. Each slide provides a simple definition of a word, event, or concept-related life in early America. There are 20 different terms.
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Give Me Liberty

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders determine how the colonial experience led to the thirst for American independence. In this American Revolution lesson, 10th graders explore the effects of colonial self-government on rebelling from British control. Articles...
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Samuel's Choice

For Teachers 5th
The book, Samuel's Choice is used to illustrate the decisions that African Americans who were enslaved during the Revolutionary War had to make. The series of four lessons is designed to be implemented after the book is read. The book,...
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The American Revolution: Creating a New Nation

For Teachers 10th - 12th
The American Government was founded on several major principles which led to the US Constitution, Federal System, and Bill of Rights. This presentation follows Colonial America on its journey from colony, to freedom fighter, to...
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King Philip's War

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
King Philip's War was the crescendo of a violent period between the Pequot and English colonists. Using documents from English settlers, including a contemporary report on the conflict, learners explore the little-known period. They then...
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European Nations Settle North America: Guided Reading

For Students 7th - 10th
McDougal Littell provides this worksheet to accompany an unnamed textbook reading on North American colonization. The graphic organizer helps readers record summaries of what they learn about as they read, and a writing prompt invites...
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Colonial Women During the Revolution

For Students 3rd - 7th Standards
Young researchers use the Internet or books to find out about colonial women during the American Revolution. They organize information in a graphic to demonstrate their understanding of the research they gathered before writing a...
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The French and Indian War (1756 to 1763):

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Take your class through the lead-up, strategies, and effects of the French and Indian War of the mid-18th century. The dynamics of American patriotism is put to the test in the vital years before the American Revolution, and the ongoing...
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Free, but Not Free: Life of Free Blacks Before the Civil War

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
Using the family stories of a famous comedian and singer-songwriter, learners consider what life was like for African Americans who were enslaved and free before the Civil War. To complete a concluding activity, they write about the...
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American Diplocmacy in World War II

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The end of World War II saw the world deeply changed over the last few years. Four thorough lessons explore post-war Europe, America, and Asia through reading assignments and discussion questions about the Grand Alliance and the signing...
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The French and Indian War (1754-1763)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about the French and Indian War. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet. 
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The French and Indian War (1754-1763)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the French and Indian War. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Lesson 5: Rally the Colonists

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders discover the role that propaganda played in prompting the colonists to rebel against the British. In this American Revolution instructional activity, 10th graders analyze the Gadsden Flag and discuss how slogans inspire...
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America's Wars, 1898-1945

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the wars the United States was involved in between 1898 and 1945. In groups, they determine the causes and effects of each war and how each war changed the way the United States handled their foreign affairs. As a class,...
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8th Grade U.S. History Task Study Packet

For Students 8th
Even a cumulative review can include main ideas, key events, supporting details, and critical thinking. An excellent 8th grade history review is yours for the taking. It includes topics that range from the thirteen colonies to post Civil...
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The French and Indian War

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Sharpen those pencils and get to writing with a series of document-based questions about the French and Indian War. High schoolers focus on maps, letters, and other primary documents from the 18th century before answering writing prompts...
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The Horse America Throwing His Master

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students create timelines that span from the Seven Years' War to the Treaty of Paris. In this colonial America lesson, students research the provided primary images and documents from the era as well as information about events during...
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Lesson 4/4 - Taverns, Politics, Tories, Patriots

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Tension Between Conflict and Compromise

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Learners prepare for and participate in a debate and mock trial regarding laws broken during the Boston Tea Party. Several primary documents and a homework chart are included.
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One Room School House Reading Lesson

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore schools during the Colonial period. For this American history lesson, students participate in a simulation of school days in Colonial America. Students visit a museum and use the schoolhouse as a setting for their...
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Revolutionary Propaganda: Persuasion and Colonial Support

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explore persuasive techniques employed during the Revolutionary War. In this research skills activity, students use the SOAPstone method to analyze several primary documents that feature the build up by colonists to the American...
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Hey, King: Get off Our Backs!

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Get up close and personal with the Declaration of Independence, review events that led to the Revolutionary War in the United States, and discover the language of liberty that began in Colonial America.
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The American Revolution Introduction

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Young historians create a replica of Jamestown Virginia, analyze the Mayflower Compact, practice penmanship by copying a famous quote by William Bradford, and read a great informational text on the beginnings of colonial America with a...
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The Revolutionary War: The Battle For Freedom

For Teachers 8th
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. ...
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Revolutionary War, Timeline and Causes

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore important events leading up to the Revolutionary War. In this Revolutionary War lesson, 3rd graders work in pairs to research dates and important events prior to the Revolutionary War. Class discussion is followed...
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Revolutionary Essex County-Local Communities Showing National Trends

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Learners of all ages explore Revolutionary War protest activities. They view a variety of primary and secondary sources from the 1800s which represent differing opinions on political issues. They discuss the impact government had on the...
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Writing Exercises: English Settlements in North America

For Students 9th - 11th
A great writing exercise should have it all. This one requires learners to think critically about cause and effect, compare and contrast, and summarizing. They compose responses to five short answer questions regarding Spanish and...
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Striving for Independence: Africa, India, and Latin America 1900-1949

For Teachers 11th - 12th
An amazing PowerPoint on the decolonization of Africa, India, and Latin America. As each nation fought for independence, changes occurred economically, socially, and politically. Each of these changes are outlined in a thorough and...
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The Natives and the English

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Dig deeper into our traditional understanding of the relationship between Native Americans and English settlers in colonial America. From early beginnings that saw mutually beneficial relationships among Native Americans and colonists...
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Creating a Cartoon of the Philippine-American War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
During the Industrial and commercial expansion of the United States, war broke out between America and the Philippines. Explore conflict, American Imperialism, and political cartoons with this creative project. Learners view the film,...
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Liberty Theme Park Project

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Invite your young historians to demonstrate how the American Revolution truly was one crazy ride after another as they design a theme park! This unique and engaging project prompts learners to consider major events leading up to and...
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Book: The Original United States of America

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students, after reading Chapter One in the book, "The American Colonies' Sense of Who They Were," analyze the actions of the colonists as well as compare the similarities between the protests of the colonists and protests of today. They...
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American Revolution Simulation: Colonial History, Drama

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explain why the American colonies declared the independence, students should relate to that which is held most dearly i.e. life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They participate in a drama that illustrates this.
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Meet Hannah the Weaver

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students analyze primary and secondary sources to explore slavery and emancipation, and write letter or diary entry from point of view of slave Hannah Harris or plantation owner Robert Carter. Students then dramatize their creative...
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The Pilgrims: The Beaver Trade and Colonial New England

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Strange but true. The demand for beaver hats saved the Pilgrims. Find out how with a resource that includes a background essay about the First Thanksgiving and a video about the Pilgrim business model.
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American Revolution Tug-of-War

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders examine the strengths of the colonists and the British. In this American Revolution lesson, 5th graders participate in a tug-of-war game that requires them to consider the strengths of the colonists as well as the British...
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Roots of Women’s Rights Advocacy: Pre and Post Revolutionary War Eras

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Pupils consider the role of women in Revolutionary War America. In this women's rights lesson, students examine photographs, letters, and documents that reveal the role of women at the time. Pupils create political cartoons or broadsides...
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The Road to Revolution: The French and Indian War

For Students 8th - 11th
In this French and Indian war learning exercise, students respond to 1 drawing question and 12 fill in the blank questions about the war.
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The American Revolution

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students complete a unit on the American Revolution. They explore various websites, create an informational pamphlet, write a biography, take an online interactive quiz, contribute an item that represents something from the...
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Simulation: The King's Candy

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Young scholars examine the British tax laws in Colonial America. In this U. S. history lesson, students participate in a simulation that replicates the taxes levied by the British.
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The Untold Story: The Black Struggle for Freedom during the Revolutionary War in Maryland

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
New ReviewThe American Revolution brought freedom to select groups and ignored others. An enlightening resource highlights the struggle of African Americans during the American Revolution and their efforts to escape slavery. Scholars analyze...
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Stono Rebellion

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore the Stono Rebellion. In this Colonial America lesson, 4th graders research the Stono Slave Rebellion using primary and secondary sources. Students study how the rebellion affected the treatment of slaves in America.
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Slavery and Empire 1440 - 1770

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students reflect on the events that led up to slavery in the early years of North America.  In this United States History lesson, students read excerpts from the book "Out of Many," then gather in small groups to answer specific...
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Consequences of Individual Choices

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students simulate a Revolutionary War draft. In this American Revolution lesson, students participate in a classroom activity that requires them to advocate for the Patriots or the Tories. Students examine selected primary sources about...
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Consequences of Individual Choices

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students take the sides of Patriots or Tories. In this colonial American lesson, students read primary sources that feature James Murray and Captain Jones. Students then write dialogues and limericks based on a fictional meeting of the 2...
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Johnny Tremain

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students study the Revolutionary War. In this colonial America lesson, students read Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. Students discuss chapter 1 as they respond to the provided discussion questions.
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American Revolution: Lesson 18: Culminating Unit Project

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders explain the causes of the American Revolution. In this colonial America lesson, 10th graders research the causes of the war and prepare PowerPoint presentations for their classmates. Students also create vertical timelines...
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Breaking Down the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine the Declaration of Independence. In this colonial America lesson plan, students analyze the three sections of the Declaration and determine the beliefs the founding fathers had about rights.
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Muses of Independence

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore the entertainment options in colonial America. In this colonial life lesson, 8th graders watch a movie about colonial music and arts. Students then respond to questions regarding the movie and also respond to 1...
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Fighting for a New Nation

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students research the heroes of the American Revolution. In this colonial America instructional activity, students research men and women who were leaders during the era. Students then discuss actions that might have been taken to avoid...
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Chapter 1 – The Constitution

For Students 9th - 12th
In this colonial America worksheet, students read assigned textbook pages detailing the U.S. Constitution and respond to 46 short answer questions.
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Conflict and Compromise

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine opinions about the Boston Tea Party. In this colonial America lesson, students analyze several primary sources about the Tea Party and then write essays that reveal efforts to compromise as well as efforts to instigate...
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Voices of the American Revolution - Primary Documents

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students use primary documents to examine the attitudes and positions of several factions leading up to the American Revolutionary War. They read documents, debate differing perspectives and write an essay exploring the reasons for revolt.
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Lesson 3: Foundation for Revolution

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders get a taste of the budgetary concerns that led to the American Revolution. In this government lesson, 10th graders discuss school district budgetary concerns today and compare them to the budgetary concerns that prompted...
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Who Started World War I?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers debate which power was responsible for the outbreak of World War I. In this cause and effects instructional activity, students research the causes of the outbreak of World War I on ProQuest in preparation for a (limited)...
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South Carolina: Loyalist or Patriot?

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the battle waged in South Carolina over the American Revolution. In this American Revolution lesson, 8th graders analyze primary sources as they determine how the Loyalists and Patriots chose sides in the war.
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Colonial America and the American Revolution

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars research the Saratoga Campaign and its importance in the overall outcome of the Revolutionary War. They consider French involvement in the war and what the Paris Peace Treaty meant for the new Americans.
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Taxed Tempers Toss Tea To Tides

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Engage learners in persuasive writing, research, and creative thinking. They research the series of events that led to the Boston Tea Party and create brochures that include propaganda intended to rally Patriot support or dissuade...
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From a New Nation to a Divided Nation

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Quiz your students or prepare them for the big exam with this presentation. Included are 24 multiple choice questions related to Early American Government, The Colonial Period, Westward Expansion, and State Formation.
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Criminal or Hero

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Young scholars investigate slavery in America circa the American Revolution. They will examine point- of view and perspective as they research a variety of informational resources. While this is designed to be used with the PBS video...
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Was the War of 1812 Our Second War of Independence?

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Though it occurred almost 40 years later, could the United States have been fighting for their independence again in the War of 1812? Using appropriate primary source material from each of the two wars, compare and contrast the situation...
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The War in the North, 1775–1778

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
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...
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Colonial Living: A Look at the Arts, Crafts, History, and Literature of Early Americans

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine the different aspects of life in Colonial America. At home, they make traditional colonial recipes to share with the class. In groups, they read a book about the purpose and act of quilting and create their own...
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Jamestown in Context: The Colonization of North America

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students analyze the significance of Jamestown in the broader picture of colonization and analyze a historical document to determine the effects of previous explorations on the expectations of the Jamestown colonizers
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What Leads to Revolution?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
From the essential question about the cause of the American Revolution to a Town Hall meeting hosted by and for your social studies class, a set of American history lessons are a great addition to your Revolutionary War unit. After...
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Super Bowl 1789 (Colonist vs. British)

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students pretend the teams of the 1789 Super Bowl were the British and Colonists. In groups, they complete a graphic organizer and evaluate the reasons why the colonists were able to win the American Revolution. They identify the major...
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Why So Many Colonists Died in Early Jamestown

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research the colonists in Jamestown. In this colonist instructional activity, 5th graders use a variety of sources to see why so many colonists died in Jamestown. They write an essay explaining their findings. 
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Early America

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders, in groups, study the differences between the 13 Original Colonies, then explore the relationship between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.
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4th Grade Social Studies Quiz

For Students 4th
In this social studies activity, 4th graders complete multiple choice questions about government, wars, natural resources, and more. Students complete 30 questions.
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Baseball Challenge: 5th Grade Social Studies

For Teachers 5th
Quickly review facts relating to U.S. History in a Baseball Challenge presentation. The information relates to branches of government, the Vietnam War, WWII, and other key events.
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Identity of Women in Portraiture

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners look at portraits to learn history. Making connections is done with the identification of details found in the portraits. The gallery depicts the historical times of the Revolutionary War in Colonial America.
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Colonial America: The Original 13

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers work in small groups to research the initial history of two colonies and answering a list of questions. They then prepare a PowerPoint presentation or poster that includes all the findings of the questions and share...
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Colonial Slave Resistance

For Teachers 8th Standards
How did colonial slaves in America struggle to defend themselves and maintain their African heritage?
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The War in the North, 1775-1778

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Beyond the Battlefield: A Virtual Field Trip to the Museum of the American Revolution

For Students 2nd - 8th Standards
Author Lauren Tarshis hosts a virtual field trip to the Museum of the American Revolution. Tarshis takes viewers on a behind-the-scenes tour stopping along the way to check out exhibits and interview Revolutionary War experts that work...
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American Revolution Project

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Your young historians will have the opportunity to design a six-page brochure on the American Revolution with specific guidelines for what to include in each section. Activities for each page range from creating an acrostic poem using...
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A Colony is Born : Lessons 7 - 10 What's My Line?

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research their assigned regions, complete regional guide and prepare presentations about the New World colonists. They refer to "Everyday LIfe: Colonial Times" as well as searching marked internet sites.
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A Colony is Born : Lesson 11 - Group Presentations and Summatives

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders give presentations on colonial research. The others take notes on the presentations. They play a card game which helps them review content. They take a summative assessment and present their research notebooks.
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The Old Folks Will Bless You and the Girls Kiss You

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders reflect on the Revolutionary War.  In this Colonial America history lesson, 4th graders discuss various battles of the war, specifically the Battle of Cowpens.  Students begin by watching a video chronicling that...
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My Brother Sam is Dead: A study of the Revolutionary War

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders complete an analysis of the Revolutionary War through literature. After "My Brother Sam Is Dead," students create a time capsule containing items that would be relevant during the Revolutionary War. They identify key...
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Road To Revolution

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine events that occurred and explore the differing sentiments between the British and American colonists in the years leading up to the American Revolution. They view and discuss a video on the events then analyze quotes...
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The American Indian Experience

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders study American Indians. In this American history instructional activity, 5th graders discuss the impact American Indians had on the United States analyzing the culture and environment of America before the Europeans arrived.
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George Washington on the Sedition Act

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students investigate the Sedition Act and George Washington's position on the act. In this United States Colonial history lesson, students read about George Washington's position on the Sedition Act. Students then participate in a...
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The Road to the American Revolution

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students consider the case for forming a new, independent nation. In this American Revolution lesson plan, students examine the people, places, and events that led to the outbreak of war in the colonies. Students compare colonial...
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Perspectives on Mercantilism

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders determine how mercantilism contributed to the Revolutionary War. In this mercantilism lesson, 11th graders compare and contrast taxation on colonial products in Britain. Students complete and analyze charts about the...
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Boycotting Baubles of Britain

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the role of British commodities in the Revolutionary War. In this American Revolution lesson, students discover the British commodities that colonists needed and investigate the success of the boycotting campaigns by...
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Colonization Effects From First Encounter through US Federal Policy

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine American policies. In this Native American history lesson plan, students compare and contrast life in America prior to colonization and following it. Students discuss policies that displaced Native Americans.
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Empire and Identity in the American Colonies

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The American Revolution was born out of a European conflict that spilled over into North America—and the documents prove it! Using primary sources from the era of the French and Indian War, including British plans to try to unite its...
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On This Day: The 1898 Treaty of Paris

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
At one time, America, too, was a colonial power. Using clips from talks from historians, class members explore how this happened with the 1898 Treaty of Paris that ended the Spanish-American War. Afterward, they consider whether the...
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Decolonization

For Teachers 10th Standards
The ripple effect from one small event can impact many others. Young historians research the ripple effect World War II had on decolonization in the second installment of an eight-part series. Through primary and secondary documents as...
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Military Advisers in Vietnam: 1963

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How did the beginning of the Vietnam War factor into the Cold War with the Soviet Union? As part of a study of American involvement in Vietnam, class members read a letter address to President Kennedy and his response in which he...
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George Washington- Mini Biography

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
From his role as a British officer in the French and Indian War, to a representative on the Continental Congress, and finally as the first president of the United States of America, offer your learners a succinct and comprehensive look...
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New World, Old Evils: Latin America and the Holocaust

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students examine how Latin America was affected by the Holocaust in Europe. In groups, they research topics related to Latin America and World War II. They interview survivors if possible and discover how entire nations were effected...
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Revolutionary War and Native Americans

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders use a number of activities to examine the events that lead to the Revolutionary War. They examine the wars, including the French and Indian War and how they contributed to Revolution. They use textbooks, make timelines,...
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Korean War

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students identify and interpret general information about the Korean War, including important dates, terms, events, and participants. They also identify what the Cairo Declaration was and what military forces, political forces, and...
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Events Leading to the War of 1812

For Students 5th - 6th
In this US History worksheet, students read a selection of the War of 1812 and fill in the blanks for 10 sentences using a word bank.
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The French & Indian War

For Students 6th - 8th
For this world history worksheet, students utilize a word bank of 10 terms or phrases to answer 10 fill in the blank questions about the French and Indian War. A short answer question is included as well.
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The American Revolution (1754–1781)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the American Revolution. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Conflict in the Frontier town of Deerfield

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Young scholars use primary sources to investigate, explore and represent varying perspectives on the 1704 Deerfield Raid. They consider the reasons Deerfield was at the center of English, French and Native American conflicts in the early...
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Major Events Leading to the American Revolution

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students explore the causes of the American Revolution. In this taxation without representation instructional activity, students analyze political cartoons in order to gain an understanding of the efforts of the colonists to resolve...
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The Figure of Paul Revere. Romanticizing Colonial American History

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Pupils compare paintings to make conclusions about American History in the Revolutionary War time period. Students share opinions concerning visual art. Other artwork can be used to entice inquiry as needed.
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"Pray, Why Speakest Thou Thusly?"

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Examine popular language and slang and how they have changed over the course of American history. Conduct Internet research, use an online interactive Colonial House website to translate 17th century language into 21st century language,...
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Empire to Independence

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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The American Revolution: 1775 - 1783

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Track the ins and outs and wartime strategies used by both the British and the Americans during the Revolutionary War. Multiple comparisons are made between both factions, maps, statistical data, images, and light text is used throughout...
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The Revolutionary Times as Seen Through the Eyes of Women

For Teachers 8th Standards
New ReviewThe role of women before and during the American Revolution changed dramatically. To gain an understanding of these changes, middle schoolers analyze primary source documents, including letters from women that supported the patriot cause...
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The Proclamation of 1763

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students consider the impact of the Proclamation of 1763. In this colonial America lesson, students determine the how the proclamation affected the British Crown, the colonists, and the Indians and present their findings to the class.
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Colonial America

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders study the Salem Witch Trials and the different theories for the hysteria.  In this American History channel, 11th graders explore primary source documents to understand the stories of various people involved in the...
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For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Clear and relevant images and text are used to describe the American Revolution. The text and facts given are short and will keep your students' attention, but would be best suited to accompany a lecture from the teacher about the Stamp...
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The Road to Revolution: (1770-1776)

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Posing a guiding question about the inevitability of the American Revolution, the presentation guides students through the circumstances leading up to "The shot heard 'round the world" up to the Declaration of Independence. Teachers can...
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Relationships Between the Colonists and Indians

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students examine the relationship between the Indians and new settlers. Using the conflicts before the Revolutionary War, they discover the cooperation and conflicts that existed between the two groups. They explore the influence and...
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Slavery and the American Founding: The "Inconsistency Not to Be Excused"

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
High schoolers examine slavery in the revolutionary and colonial eras of the United States. In this slavery lesson, students investigate the presence of slavery in early America, the language of the Constitution, and the intent of the...
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Road to Revolution (Part 3)

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Pupils explore the road to the American Revolution. In this American history lesson, students research the events in colonial America that led to the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution. They then create a timeline.
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Changing Attitudes: Aging in America Lesson Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners discuss how the elder members of the community are viewed. Using the internet, they research how this view has changed since colonial times. They also identify ways in which this attitude keeps changing in modern America.
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Loyalists and Patriots

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Your young historians will square off as Loyalists dedicated to the English crown or revolutionaries fighting for a new nation in a role-play of a colonial town hall debate prior to the American Revolution.
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The American Revolution: 1775-1783

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Casting the American Revolution into a bright, informative light, this presentation details many key facts about the strategies and decision during the revolutionary campaigns. The latter half of the slides prompt viewers to examine why...
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Primary Source Activity: Jose Marti

For Students 8th
Analyze a primary source document "Our America" which depicts a Spanish-American point of view. The class answers 3 critical-thinking questions based on the reading and create a time line of Cuba's struggle for independence. 
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Patriots and Loyalists

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Patriots versus Loyalists, a huge divide during the Revolutionary War in what would become the United States of America. An informative resource includes both direct instruction about the two groups and a quiz pupils take after reading...
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African Americans in Revolutionary Times

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
How did black Americans contribute to colonial society in the United States and make active choices to exert some control over their lives as slaves? Explore the often overlooked yet incredibly important roles of Africans and African...
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Who Was Christopher Columbus?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Does Christopher Columbus deserve credit for "discovering" America? What was the impact of the Age of Exploration on native peoples? 
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Language Arts: Novel Guides

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Learners discuss the Revolution and consider the causes of the war, the attitudes of the colonists, and the position of the British. Then students explore American involvement in wars since the country's inception.
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Change In A Democratic Society, Lesson 1 of 3

For Teachers 8th
explore democracy in America through an examination of and a Paideia seminar on The Sword of Damocles, an oil painting by British painter Richard Westall. This lesson should be used after a study of colonial times in America.
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American Heroines

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore the heroines of the Revolutionary War. In this Revolutionary War lesson, 3rd graders read a passage about famous heroines and discuss the trade practiced during Colonial times.
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Honor and Passion for Glory: George Washington in the Ohio Valley

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine George Washington's life as a young British colonial officer during the French and Indian War.
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Early Settlements

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students embark on a journey through colonial times.  In this early settlement lesson, students come to understand what life was like for the settlers in the early colonies. Students research and create projects illustrating their new...
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A Colony is Born : Lesson 4 - What Went Wrong?

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders compare and contrast two early colonies and make a T chart. They list examples of worked well and what did not, and significant historical events. They use higher order thinking skills by deducing how different scenarios...
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John Adams

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 5 short answer and essay questions about the life and accomplishments of John Adams.
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American Revolution and Constitution Take Home Assessment

For Students 8th - 12th
In this early American history learning exercise, students create posters that feature the branches of government as established by the U.S. Constitution. Students also research founding ideals of the nation and use Venn diagrams to...
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George Washington: First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Does the lens of history portray George Washington as a good leader? A three-lesson unit looks at Washington's early military career as the commander of the Virginia Regiment, his role in the fight for independence from England, and his...
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Benjamin Franklin and the Long Struggle for Independence

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore U.S. history by reading biographical material in class. In this Benjamin Franklin lesson, students identify the life of Franklin and the events that led him to become one of America's first heroes. Students complete an...
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Road to the Revolution

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore U.S. history by completing a worksheet in class. In this Revolutionary War lesson, 5th graders identify specific heroes from the Boston Tea Party and American Revolution such as Washington, Franklin, Jefferson and...
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The Boston Massacre: You Be the Judge!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
The importance of considering multiple perspectives of the same event is the big idea in this exercise that focuses on the Boston Massacre. Class groups examine photos of four depictions of the massacre, an English and an American...
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The Mecklenburg Resolves

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
When the Mecklenburg Resolves were drafted in Charlotte, North Carolina, following the battles of Lexington and Concord, what effect did they have on early American colonists and their desire for independence from England?
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A Colony is Born : Lesson 5 - Dear Mem

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Discover colonies! Young historians will listen to a primary source journal entry read aloud with a backdrop of wave sounds. They discuss the entry, add historical facts to a chart and personal insights to another. Then they listen to...
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Tea Overboard

For Students 3rd - 12th Standards
While less well known than the event in Boston, the Yorktown Tea Party was equally decisive in turning community sentiment against Great Britain. To gain an understanding of why the colonists objected to the Tea Act, young historians...
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Exclusion and Empire, 1898–1941

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
New ReviewOften forgotten and written off as the model minority, Americans with heritage in Asia and the Pacific Islands have played an important role in American history, including Congress. Budding historians reclaim history by researching the...
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Dissecting the Declaration

For Teachers 4th - 12th
New ReviewDelve into the past to understand the issues that led to the Declaration of Independence. Academics read excerpts from the Declaration of Independence and take a virtual tour of the American Revolution Museum. The resource explains how...
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Who Fired the Shot Heard Round the World?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
New ReviewTake a closer look. Young academics become detectives in an engaging lesson on the American Revolution. Scholars work in groups to analyze documents to uncover whether the American colonists or British soldiers fired the first shot at...
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Seeking a Fortune in 18th Century Maritime Boston

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Study the Revolutionary War era practice of recruiting seamen to prey upon the British shipping industry, and discuss the impact this practice had on the Colonial war efforts. Learners read and interpret recruiting advertisements for...
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Johnny Tremain/Boston Tea Party

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders understand chronological order of events. In this Boston Tea Party lesson, 5th graders compare the events surrounding the Boston Tea Party to current times. Students learn vocabulary and customs of the revolutionary times....
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America Established Because of Protest

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students explore events and causes that led to American Revolution and examine popular pro-Patriot renderings and texts of these issues created both at that time and in later years. Students then prepare and deliver oral presentations...
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American Revolution Timeline Project

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
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...
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Jamestown Celebrates 400th Anniversary

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students view a world map and identify the locations of England and Virginia and discuss what kinds of things they would take with them on this kind of trip. They read the words in the news box on the student page and fill in the blanks...
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Thomas Jefferson on Shay's Rebellion

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
After reading a brief primary source document in which Thomas Jefferson comments on the armed uprising of Shay's Rebellion, your young historians will respond to both text-based and discussion questions, and consider the nature of...
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Creating a Colonial Newspaper

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students identify people, events and issues of importance during the French and Indian War and compare them with issues that only affected New Hampshire. They discover how newspapers gave people a sense of identity.
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Perspectives of the American Revolutionary War

For Teachers 4th - 6th
e purpose of this unit is for students to understand the American Revolutionary War and evaluate different perspectives relative to causes and effects of the war. The concept of perspective is examined in the concept of decision making.
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Revolutionary War Book List

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students become familiar with the Revolutionary War through listening to books.  In this Revolutionary War lesson, students follow the events of the war answering questions and finding details.
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European Explorers

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
To compare how the Spanish, French, and English approached the exploration of North America, class groups examine primary source documents and become experts on one of four explorers: Francisco Coronado, Robert LaSalle, Samuel de...
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American Revolution: A European Battle

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students create a timeline of events during the Revolutionary War and conduct research of historical figures. They construct acrostics or diamantes of the figures' names. They evaluate the involvement of Europeans in the war.
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Stop the Bus: Confronting Our Assumptions About Muslims in America

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore Virginia Interfaith Center's A More Perfect Union "Misunderstanding" Ad Campaign, view two episodes of PBS America at a Crossroads series, examine historical context of colonialism and geo-political tensions in Middle...
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Life on Two Colonial Plantations in South Carolina

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders compare two colonial plantations. In this South Carolina history lesson, 4th graders compare the Drayton Hill plantation of Charleston Co. to the Walnut Grove Plantation of Spartanburg Co. This lesson plan uses primary and...
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Faces of the Revolution

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders investigate the important figures of the American Revolution. In this American Revolution lesson, 5th graders outline the important events of the war and complete a worksheet.
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Journalism Lesson Plan

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Honor women in journalism with an online exhibit called Women with a Deadline. Class members demonstrate their understanding of the topic in a final assessment by writing a newspaper article on the information they learned in the online...
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Becoming A Nation p.1

For Students 4th - 5th
In this early America learning exercise, students use the 11 words in a word bank to complete a crossword puzzle about the colonies and Revolutionary War.
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Happy Endings: The Final Battle

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore all the myths of the battle of Yorktown. A variety of primary documents are viewed and analyzed for discussion. They become aware that what one sees and hears is not always as it seems in reality. Each group...
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Road to the Revolution

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore various causes of the American Revolution. In the American Revolution lesson, 5th graders investigate events that lead to the American Revolution. Students participate in a game about taxation.
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Development of Democracy: American Revolution

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders investigate the major events leading to the American Revolution and American democracy. They play the game Capture the Flag, read text and answer discussion questions, and complete a graphic organizer.
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Children and Slavery Document Search

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students review the causes of slavery, the Middle Passage, triangular trade and the spread of slavery throughout colonies. They work in small groups and search documents in order to find the answers to a question and document packet.
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Differing Views of Pilgrims and Native Americans in Seventeenth Century New England

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students complete a graphic organizer comparing differing views.  In this compare and contrast lesson, students work in groups and read about the differing views of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians.  Students use a graphic...
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The Revolution: Interactive Guide

For Students 5th - 11th Standards
If you're looking for another resource to supplement your teaching of the American Revolution in United States history, you may want to consider this app. As an interactive textbook, this can afford you opportunities for deeper analysis...
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The Wampanoag Indians: A Thanksgiving Lesson

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Spark some lively conversation about American holiday traditions and debunk accepted notions about the first Thanksgiving at the same time. After reviewing the mainstream version of the Thanksgiving story with your class, offer some...
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Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Give budding historians a guided exploration of the Declaration of Independence, historic photos, videos, and more as they deepen their understanding of the American Revolution and the attitude of the colonists leading up to the war.
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The Holocaust: Exploring Active Citizenship through Resistors and Rescuers

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Resist, assist, rescue. As part of their study of the World War II Holocaust, class members research citizens who chose to actively oppose Hitler and the Nazi party.
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The Name Game

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students identify acts of philanthropy in different works of literature. They idenify and illustrate examples in colonial America. They also read "Miss Rumphius" on how they can make the world a more beautiful place.
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George Washington: First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this George Washington instructional activity, students research the details of Washington's military successes, his role at the...
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The Battle of the Battlefields

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers simulate the role of a presidential analysis group to research a location for a Revolutionary War museum. They conduct research, and write a summary of their findings to present to the President.
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Caught Between Worlds: Frontier Life as Reflected in Captivity Narratives

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Young scholars analyze captivity narratives written between the 1600's and 1800's. In this narrative lesson, students think critically about the interaction between Native peoples and the settlers to understand the cultural beliefs held...
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Trade Trials Treaties

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore the trade relationships that existed in the late 1700's Colonial America. For this American history lesson, 4th graders examine English and Cherokee trade treaties by reviewing primary and secondary sources....
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A Dream and an Idea: Searching for a Roadmap to Create a Country

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners listen in on American historical events. In this colonial America lesson, students participate in an activity that requires them to watch video segments that feature Revolutionary War battles and the Constitutional Convention....
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Documents of early forms of representative government

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore the steps taken to an early attempt of a Representative  form of government in the Colonial Era.  In this American Government lesson, 7th graders analyze primary sources. 
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Causes of the American Revolution

For Teachers 10th - 11th Standards
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...
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Taxes & Smuggling - Prelude to Revolution

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
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,...
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Rocky Relationships

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Conflicts between Native Americans and colonists are the focus of a comprehension worksheet that asks readers to use information found in the provided article to answer comprehension questions.
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Early English Settlements History Detectives

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Young historians play the role of history detectives as they investigate some primary source texts and images related to the early colonization of America, The Jamestown Settlement, and the Mayflower Compact. 
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Slave Resistance

For Teachers 5th - 11th Standards
Young historians discover how slaves brought to America were active in their resistance to their enslavement, and work to dispel the typical stereotype of slaves as docile and passive peoples through discussion, notes, and a role-playing...
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Integrating Literature and Social Studies with Fever 1793

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
To generate interest in post‐Revolutionary Philadelphia and colonial times, class members read and discuss Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel Fever, 1793. A simulation helps them grasp the magnitude of the yellow fever epidenic.
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The Living Museum: George Washington, the Slave Owner

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders bring early America to life. In this George Washington lesson, 8th graders listen to a lecture about the first president, explore the relationships he had with his slaves, and research the backgrounds of some of his...
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Wanted: A Just Right Government

For Teachers 6th - 11th Standards
What type of government did American colonists gain and seek after gaining their independence after the Revolutionary War? Here is lesson plan that will guide your young learners through the new nation's progression from the Articles of...
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ROAD TO REVOLUTION

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explain how England's Glorious Revolution affected the colonies and investigate how the Great Awakening and Enlightenment affected the colonies. Students determine how the outcome of the French and Indian war affected N. America...
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A Revolutionary War Sea Battle

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students study the battle for the Serapis. In this measuring distance lesson plan, students find the North Sea on a globe and find various locations.
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Washington & His Troops

For Students 6th - 8th
For this United States history worksheet, students utilize a word bank of 10 terms or phrases to answer 10 fill in the blank questions pertaining to the Revolutionary War as George Washington takes control of his Troops. A short answer...
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Patriots and Loyalists

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore U.S. History by completing graphic organizers with classmates. In this Revolutionary War lesson, 5th graders identify the differences between the Loyalists and Patriots and write a role play letter based on the...