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    American Revolution

    American Revolution


    A great virtual plan for students to learn more about the events and people that lead to the American Revolution.


    In this lesson students will learrn more about events and people during and leading up to the American Revolution. It will take approx. 2 weeks depending on the speed of the student. It will be a virtual lesson. 

    Background for Teachers

    To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of the events that took place before the American Revolution. You will need to know key people such as George Washington, Thomas Paine, Paul Revere, and John Adams. You will need to understand how their role contributed to self government. The following resources can help you teach this topic.

    There are a lot of sites on google that can give goog information on the American Revolution

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Fifth Grade Social Studies Benchmark: The English colonies in North America began to organize and discuss creating an independent form of government separate from England's rule. After making their case in their Declaration of Independence, the colonies engaged in a Revolutionary war that culminated in their independence and the creation of a new nation, the United States of America.

    Standard 2
    Students will understand the chronology and significance of key events leading to self-government.

    Objective 1
    Describe how the movement toward revolution culminated in a Declaration of Independence.

    1. Explain the role of events that led to declaring independence (e.g., French and Indian War, Stamp Act, Boston Tea Party).
    2. Analyze arguments both for and against declaring independence using primary sources from Loyalist and patriot perspectives.

    Objective 2
    Evaluate the Revolutionary War's impact on self-rule.

    1. Plot a time line of the key events of the Revolutionary War.
    2. Profile citizens who rose to greatness as leaders.

    Students will be able to describe what life was like from the point of veiw of a colonist.

    Students will complete a simulation of life as a colonist then complete a writing prompt

    Students will be able to identify three major characters in the American Revolution

    Students will complete the google form and describe people they learned about.

    Students will be able to understand key events that lead to the war.

    Students will complete the google form correctly defining and expaining events that took place leading up to the war.

    Students will be able to interpret political chartoons

    Students will complete the google form explaining the meaning of different political cartoons

    Students will be able to visit different battle sites

    Students will complete a google earth tour showing different battle sites of the American Revolution

    Step 2 - Planning Instruction



    Prior to this lesson students will need to have an understanding of colonization of the Americas by Europeans. They need to understand the relationship of the colonies with England. Students need to be able to work independently and be able to gather information from informational text.

    Step 3 - Instruction

    As a whole group we will discuss and review life in the colonies. We will talk about the relationship with England. Students will be invited to investigate and learn about people and events leading up to and during the American Revolution. The teacher will model the learning hub students will access to guide their learning and projects. Each student will then log on to their computers and choose where they would like to begin in their studies. It is up to the instructor how much time students will spend on the subject each day. Students will work at different paces. They need to check in with the instructor after completing two assignments and then they may continue to another portion of the hub. When studens have completed each task in the learning hub they then will be divided into small groups. Each group will design a game to reveiw the key concepts, people, and events. The game could be a puzzle, quizlet, board game, memory, play deck or whatever creative way they can get their peers to play and check their mastery of the concepts.


    Step 4 - Assessments

    Students' performance will be assessed by their completed assignments in the hub. Their game must also be playable for their peers. 

    Each game must have at least 5 people and 5 events or more

    Each game has to look clean and neat, no spelling errors if on paper. 

    If game is online it must be easy to understand and words are spelled correctly

    The game must function. There will be a task manager so that every teammate participates. 

    The content of the game is correct.