"1776, the Musical, and the Revolutionary War" Mini-Unit is Lesson One in the unit "Broadway Musicals and War" by Kateri J. Davis which can be found elsewhere in my store.
General Description: This mini-unit integrates social studies and drama curriculum using an award winning Broadway musical to teach about the American Revolutionary War. Appropriate for grades 8th thru 10th (regular, home school, & special education with modifications).
Students will learn about the founding fathers involved in the writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence. They will watch the movie while writing notes on the specific characters, discuss how a large group can come to consensus on a major decision, and how the United States was formed.
The unit includes a complete lesson with handouts, group activity sheet, and an assessment. A YouTube link is provided that can be utilized in lieu of the movie musical DVD.
Using musicals in instruction typically takes a large amount of time since the viewing or read-thru of the musical itself takes between 2.0 - 2.5 hrs, but the impact of seeing and hearing the musical dialogue and songs make a bigger impact on the student than just reading out of a textbook or doing research on the Internet.
The characters in that time period with all their thoughts, conflicts, and personalities come alive for the student when working with a musical.
This musical helps students put faces and personalities to the key players in history that they typically just read about. The students will be able to understand more of the political action of the story once they understand who the characters were. The majority of students will be able to pass the assessments and even leave the classroom singing some lines from the songs (which always creates smiles!).
Created by Kateri J. Davis, Birdhouse Publications, 2015