Unit 5: The American Revolution

Essential Question: Who was responsible for causing the American Revolution?

 Guiding Questions:

What motivated American colonists to move to the frontier? What were the consequences of this movement?
How did the colonies relate to each other?
How did the colonies relate to England?
How did their relationships change?
What were the short and long term causes of the French and Indian War? What were its consequences?
Why were the colonists so angry about the Stamp Act?
Why did disagreements over representation escalate?
How did the colonists use the Boston Massacre to their advantage?
What were the underlying causes of conflict between the British and colonists?
Why did some colonists oppose independence and support Britain?

Additional Materials for the American Revolution Unit

Day 18 (63) (4/1, 4/4)

GQ: What was the purpose of the Declaration of Independence? What does it say?

  1. Worked in pairs to edit body paragraphs from the American Revolution essay.
    Body paragraph Checklist
  2. Finished looking at the list of grievances from the Declaration of Independence and decided which were the most important and least important.

HW

Essays due on turnitin

Day 17 (62) (3/31)

7-2, 7-1

GQ: What was the purpose of the Declaration of Independence? What does it say?

  1. Read and analyzed part of the Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence

HW

Work on your essay. Three body paragraphs due next class.

Day 17 (62) (3/30)

7-3 only

GQ: Why did some colonists oppose independence and support Britain?

  1. Finished work from previous class about each side’s advantages during the Revolutionary War.
  2. Read and analyzed Loyalist documents.
    Loyalist Documents

HW

Work on your essay. Three body paragraphs due next class.

Day 16 (61) (3/28, 3/29)

GQ: What advantage did each side have in the Revolutionary War?

  1. Worked on a post it reflection based on work we got back from last class.
  2. Worked on planning out and writing our essays.
  3. Discussed with out groups the advantages and disadvantages each side had in the Revolutionary War.

HW

Keep working on your essays.

Day 15 (60) (3/23, 3/24)

GQ: What were the underlying causes of the American Revolution?

  1. Reviewed our ideas from the previous homework list.
  2. Identified ideas and arguments to argue each side of the question: Who was responsible for causing the American Revolution?
  3. Reviewed the end of unit writing assignment.
  • Decide on your position on the EQ: Who was responsible for causing the American Revolution? Write out a thesis statement you want to try to prove in your essay. This can be simply worded for right now and you can develop it in greater detail as we work through our arguments and body paragraphs.
  • Decide on two reasons/arguments that help you prove your thesis statement that you want to focus body paragraphs on. These can come from the lists we worked on in class or they can be your own ideas. Fill out two body paragraph planning pages based on these reasons/arguments.

American Revolution Writing Assignment2016

American Revolution Rubric

American Revolution Planning Page

Day 14 (59) (3/21, 3/22)

GQ: What were the underlying causes of the American Revolution?

  1. Groups presented their different causes they worked on with their groups.
  2. Discussed in our groups and as a class answers to the EQ: Who was responsible for causing the American Revolution?

HW

Look back at your event charts, timelines, notes from the group presentations about causes of the war, and other class notes and think about the question: Who was responsible for causing the American Revolution?

Your answers to that questions ultimately should center on either saying the British are responsible or the colonists are.

Make a list of ideas that support the idea that the British are responsible and another list that argues that the colonists are responsible.

Make sure you understand that saying someone is responsible does not necessarily mean that they are to “blame” or that they did anything wrong. It could mean that but does not necessarily.

Day 13 (58) (3/17, 3/18)

GQ: What were the underlying causes of the American Revolution?

  1. Reading Quiz
  2. Finished Revolution timelines
  3. Worked with groups to finish presentations on underlying causes of the American Revolution
    Revolution Causes

HW

Read chapter 20. Write 2 determining importance post its. I will collect them.

Day 12 (57) (3/15, 3/16)

GQ: How did conflicts escalate after the Boston Tea Party?

  1. Discussed what we thought was the most important event from our timelines from the previous class.
  2. Read handout on Coercive/Intolerable Acts. Added to our events charts.
    Coercive Acts
  3. Added to our vocabulary charts:
    • Boycott
    • Militia
    • Loyalist
    • Patriot

HW

Read chapter 14, last paragraph of 87-88, and ch 18. Write one post it in each chapter. You will have a reading quiz next class.

Day 11 (56) (3/11, 3/14)

GQ: What were the underlying causes for conflict between Great Britain and the Colonists?

  1. Discussed whether it was right for colonists to take advantage of the Boston massacre
  2. Created a timeline of the unit so far

HW

Add to your events charts:

  • Quartering Act 1765
  • Boston Massacre 1770
  • First Continental Congress 1774

Day 10 (55) (3/9, 3/10)

GQ: How did the colonists use the Boston Massacre to their advantage?

  1. Identified important events from chapter 13.
  2. Discussed underlying causes that were evident from chapter 13.
  3. Discussed the definition and role of propaganda 
  4. Worked with our groups to complete the Boston Massacre handout
    Boston Massacre

HW

Finish the questions from the handout you don’t complete in class.

Day 9 (54) (3/7, 3/8)

GQ: What were the underlying issues that caused conflict between the British and the colonists?

  1. Presented our dialogues to others at our table.
  2. A couple of groups presented to the class.
  3. Worked on identifying underlying problems between Britain and the colonists

HW

  1. Finish adding events to your event charts we started last class if you didn’t already finish them.
  • Stamp Act Congress 1765
  • Townshend Taxes 1767
  • Boston Tea Party 1773

14 American Revolution Chart Filled Out (word document)
14 American Revolution Chart Filled Out (.pdf)

2. Read chapter 13. Write 3 determining importance post its. Makes sure you read the chapter once through before you write any post its. Try to focus your post its on identifying underlying problems between the British and Colonists in this time period.

Day 8 (53) (3/3, 3/4)

GQ: Why did the disagreements over representation escalate?

  1. Discussed why Britain continued to pass taxes on the colonies even after repealing the Stamp Tax
  2. Added events to our event charts
    14 American Revolution Chart Filled Out
    15 Revolution Chart Blank
  • Stamp Act Congress 1765
  • Townshend Taxes 1767
  • Boston Tea Party 1773

3. Worked for 30 minutes on our dialogue projects that are due next class

Homework

Finish dialogue project. Submit to turn it in.

Day 7 (52) (3/1, 3/2)

GQ: What was the fundamental issue that caused conflict between Great Britain and the colonists when it came to taxation?

  1. Discussed what we thought were the strongest arguments for and against the Stamp Tax.
  2. Went over the expectations for the Stamp Act dialogue project and worked for half the period on it.
    American Revolution Project 2016

Day 6 (51) (2/26, 2/29)

GQ: What was the fundamental issue that caused conflict between Great Britain and the colonists when it came to taxation?

  1. Discussed the Stamp Act Congress and why it was important.
  2. What was the colonists’ relationship at this time to people from different colonies? How did it change?
  3. Read documents related to the Stamp Act, annotated and answered questions.
    Stamp Act Documents

HW

Finish answering questions and annotating.

Day 5 (50) (2/24, 2/25)

  1. Discussed the definition of the term rights. Discussed modern day examples of rights.
  2. Discussed and defined: Colonial Assembly, Parliament, Consent, Taxes/Taxation
  3. Discussed why the colonists had a problem with the Stamp Tax

HW

Read chapter 11. Write 3 D/I post its.

Day 4 (49) (2/22, 2/23)

  1. Discussed the important outcomes of the French and Indian War.
  2. Watched a documentary, The War that Made America
    The War the Made AmericaViewingSheet

Day 3 (48) (2/11, 2/12)

Periodic assessment #2

Day ? (47) (2/9)

GQ:

Day X (46) (2/4, 2/5)

Colony unit test

Day 2 (45) (2/2, 2/10)

GQ: What were the causes of the French and Indian War?

  1. Discussed possible effects of western settlement of American Colonists.
  2. Read chapter 3 in new textbook.
  3. Worked with groups to complete group worksheet.
    French and Indian War Group Work

HW

Read pages 33-38. Write 3 D/I post its.

Day 1 (44) (1/29, 2/3)

GQ: What motivated American colonists to move to the frontier? What were the consequences of this movement?

  1. Discussed the meaning of frontier and where frontiers existed in this time period.
  2. Read pages 150-155
  3. Worked in groups to complete worksheet on life on the frontier.

HW

Study for test

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