Get students engaged, researching, and debating the key A.P. United States History's Revolutionary War objectives through this Ranking Debate Activity. In fact, you can center your entire study of the Revolutionary War around this two-part, highly competitive and intellectual ranking debate.
This debate activity is competitive and sure to be a hit in your AP or secondary level classroom. In this debate, students receive 11 key prompts (built 100% around the APUSH Concepts spanning from 1754-1787) and determine which answer is the most significant. If students match the same rating as a professional Historian with expertise in the Revolutionary War, they earn 1 point. From there, they debate and provide evidence for their number one ranking. They can receive additional points for evidence and argumentation. The following debates breaks into two halves.
1st Half = French and Indian War and Road to Revolution (1754-1775)
2nd Half = The Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
Overtime = Articles of Confederation - (Tiebreaker Round)
Key APUSH Concepts that are of key focus in the Ranking Debate include:
-Effects of the French and Indian War
-Key events and actions of the Road to Revolution
-Important Enlightenment figures shaping the Declaration
-Impact of Tom Paine's Common Sense
-Role of Women in the Revolutionary War
-Advantages/Disadvantages of the British and American Colonists
-Effects of Key Revolutionary Battles
-Effects of the Revolutionary War (Failures of the Articles of Confederation)
The following Debate Package contains the following:
-PowerPoint - Engaging, high quality PowerPoint to run the debate (directions and 10 rounds) - See Preview
-Student Prep Doc - (Shareable/editable Google Doc Format, links included for some rounds)
-Teacher Key Doc- Includes rankings of an expert Historian (UW-Wisconsin Historian I have consulted with to make the professional rankings) and a scoring sheet
-AP Exam Alignment Tips and Resources also provided!