Engage students with a 16 team bracket game where they compete to advance their patriot. Pair up students and give them one of the 16 patriots to research. I use the bio cards provided by LRE.
I have selected patriots and placed them on the beginning sections of the bracket chart to get the game started.
Students choose at least three aspects of their patriot's contributions to America. They compete by presenting their patriot to the class and try to convince the other students that their patriot had the most important role during the American Revolution and/or in American history. The class then votes on whom to advance. Each student also has their own sheet to record information.As the student body considers who should advance, they document the most important role they think each patriot should be remembered for. They also include the final rankings to keep them engaged. Let the students advance the patriots as they see fit. There are no absolutely correct answers. The importance of the lesson is to introduce these American patriots in an engaging and interesting manner.