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The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Lessons

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Designed for teachers, a 15-lesson collection curated by the Smithsonian, examines how wars have impacted American society. Each resource includes a lesson plan, background information, a materials list, maps, images, and worksheets. An...
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The American War for Independence

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Imagine the chances of a ragtag militia taking on the disciplined army and the majestic navy of the world’s largest empire. What were the colonialists thinking and what were their chances of success? Using primary source documents and an...
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The Continental Congress

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
A fantastic video highlights the role of Thomas Jefferson at the Continental Congress, focusing on the language of the Declaration of Independence and its listing of grievances against the British government.
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Lost Hero: The "To Do List" of the Continental Congress

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What is on your to-do list today? The second lesson of a three-part series on Lost Heroes of America investigates the laundry list of items in front of the second Continental Congress. Scholars research, analyze, and present information...
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First Continental Congress (Part II)

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Supplement your traditional textbook chapter with this instructional video on the first Continental Congress, which highlights key points such as the passage of the Intolerable Acts, boycott of British goods, and primary purpose of the...
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Lesson 12: Second Continental Congress

For Teachers 10th
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...
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Lesson 11: Second Continental Congress

For Teachers 10th
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...
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First Continental Congress: Lesson 8

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate the significance of the First Continental Congress. In this United States history instructional activity, 4th graders read the book If You Lived At The Time of the American Revolution and research the various...
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The Second Continental Congress

For Students 8th - 12th
In this U.S. government worksheet, learners respond to 1 essay and 5 short answer questions about the Second Continental Congress.
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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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Federalists v. Anti‐Federalists

For Teachers 8th Standards
Here is a solid lesson plan to support your instruction on the Continental Congress and the Articles of Confederation. It includes close analysis of primary source images, a guided notes template and answer key, and many key points to...
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Second Continental Congress: Marching Toward Freedom: Lesson 10

For Teachers 4th
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...
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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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Causes of the American Revolution Soldiers and Civilians at War

For Teachers 5th Standards
Stage a meeting of the Second Continental Congress in your classroom, then utilize the abundance of worksheets and informational texts in this resource to analyze the major events and consequences of the American Revolution. Other topics...
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Liberty! The American Revolution

For Teachers 1st - 5th
This presentation reviews some of the reasons that led to the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the start of the Revolutionary War. It provides a brief overview and images for events like the French and Indian War, the...
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First Continental Congress, Second Continental Congress, & the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Your learners will take on the roles of Congressional members in the year 1775 and devise a plan for America after the onset of the Revolutionary War.
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On This Day: Continental Congress Adopts the Articles of Confederation

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
While today, people laud the accomplishments of the United States Constitution, pupils sometimes forget that the Articles of Confederation came first. The documents—while flawed—raised questions of government duties and obligations as...
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The American Revolution

For Students 9th - 10th
For this American Revolution worksheet, students complete a chart outlining the causes and effects, then write expository paragraphs about how the Enlightenment influenced the U.S.
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Lost Hero: Was John Hanson Actually the First President?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The first president of the United States was ... John Hanson? Scholars investigate the notion that the initial leader of the nation was not George Washington. Using research, articles, and open discussion, individuals create a quest for...
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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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The American Revolution, Guided Reading

For Students 10th - 12th
This McDougal Littell instructional activity provides a graphic organizer for US History class members to record information on the causes and effects of events like France entering the war, the British closing Boston harbor, passing the...
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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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Lesson 13: The Debate for Independence

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders argue the pros and cons of declaring independence. In this American Revolution lesson, 10th graders simulate a meeting of the Second Continental Congress and convince delegates to accept or reject Richard Henry Lee's...
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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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