1)Road to Revolution is the first unit I cover in my 8th grade Social Studies class each year. I like to start off the year getting into academics quickly while maintaining a great deal of flexibility for the students whose schedules change the first week and to provide time to teach procedures and expectations. This project takes two class periods in my classroom and helps engage students. This project does not address any of my state standards but I have found it helps students make meaningful connections to topics covered in the standards. During this project I am able to teach my expectations for group work, classroom materials, presenting, and respect all while helping students feel like they are learning something “cool” the first couple days of school.
With this project I usually pair students up so that they are able to get to know someone new. Students work with their partner using the resources provided to come up with an explanation of why their assigned woman was important to the Patriot cause during the revolution. I have students create a mini poster with a couple sentences and a picture explaining their woman. These mini posters are then shared with the class under the document camera while the rest of the class takes notes. In my store is a free crossword puzzle that requires students to use their notes to review the contributions of these women and a short quiz I usually give the following day after all presentations are complete.
File includes teacher instructions with ideas on tweaks that may work better in your classroom, student instructions, list of women, student rubric, students notes page, resource list, 20 question quiz, and quiz answer sheet.
2)Looking to include more women in history as you cover the American Revolution? This crossword puzzle contains clues about eighteen women who had major contributions to the Patriot cause during the American Revolution. Great resource to have available for students who might finish work early, provide for a substitute for an on-topic emergency lesson, or use as an assessment after a lesson on women's contributions to the revolution.
Download includes crossword puzzle with no word bank, crossword puzzle with word bank, clues page, and an answer document. Ready to be printed ,copied front to back, and have ready in your classroom for your unit on the American Revolution.
Use with my American Revolution Women's Contribution Group Project for a more in depth lesson.
3)Two-sided graphic organizer covering causes of the American Revolutionary War such as the Tea Act, Boston Massacre, and the Intolerable Acts. Designed on printer friendly black and white paper. Download includes a key.
1) Break students into nine groups. Assign each group of cause to research. Allow students to use textbooks, notes, and other classroom resources to fill in each box for their cause. Have students present their cause of the war to the class while the rest of the class fills in their charts.
2) Have all students fill out their charts. Then have a blank copy of the graphic organizer displayed on the board and randomly call on students to go up and fill in a certain box.
3) Assign graphic organizer as homework after unit has been covered to help review for an upcoming test or quiz.
4)30 task cards covering the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. File includes student answer document, teacher answer key, and four task cards to a page. Task cards are great to use with small groups or individually.
Cut and Paste Activity with 11 terms
6)American Revolutionary War Cornell Notes packet with PowerPoint. Covers the Proclamation of 1763, Stamp Act, Townshend Act, Intolerable Acts, Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, major battles, and the Treaty of Paris among other topics relating to the American Revolutionary War.
Notes packet is designed for junior high students beginning to use Cornell Notes. There is some structure and is helpful for students to figure out what they should be writing down. Also included are instructions to help explain to students how to use notes.
The PowerPoint goes in order with the notes and is loaded with pictures, maps, details, and links to various YouTube videos that help explain various topics. Videos range in length from a minute to 20 minutes.
Used in an eighth grade classroom to cover the causes of the American Revolutionary War all the way to the end of the war.
7)Crossword puzzle and hidden message puzzle with Revolutionary War terms. Great to leave with a substitute in case there is extra time or have available for students when they finish early. Answer key provided for each puzzle.
8)Postcard assignment used after the Battle of Trenton. Can be used as an enrichment activity or as an assessment.
*instructions and rubric with 2 copies per page to minimize copies needed
9)Chart over the battles of Lexington & Concord, Trenton, Saratoga, and Yorktown and the importance of each battle.
In my classroom I have students fill in their charts using their textbooks and notes. Then I display a blank copy on the smartboard while randomly calling on students to come up and write in the correct answer.
Answer document is provided.