Students will examine primary and secondary source documents to establish an understanding of America’s fight for independence against Great Britain. Students will examine the advantages and disadvantages of the British and Americans in the American Revolution. Students will investigate the social, economic, and political impact made by women and African Americans in the American Revolution. The lesson focuses on the significance of the Battle of Trenton and Princeton, Battle of Saratoga, Valley Forge, and the Battle of Yorktown. Throughout the lesson, students will explain the impact of certain people on America’s fight for independence including foreign allies.
This is an engaging lesson that will encourage student discussion. Included is a scripted lesson plan, ten sources (primary and secondary sources), and questions. Some questions are simple recall questions, since the purpose of the lesson is to learn the Social Studies content using literacy. Other questions are higher-order thinking questions.The lesson concludes with a constructed response.