The following is a series of primary sources to use during a unit on the American Revolution. The questions are aligned to the Common Core while still aligning to Social Studies standards.
These activities could be used for: in class discussions, group or partner work, homework assignments, or even as part of an assessment. I would only use as part of assessment, if you have been working on the close reading skills in your class.
I made this resource in Word - this allows you to change and easily alter if you would like.
Page 1 : Cover page
Page 2 : Quote from George Washington on Proclamation of 1763, with questions
Page 3 : Quote from Ben Franklin about view on taxes with questions
Page 4: 2 quotations from Ben Franklin and his son William. Discusses the differing viewpoints on Britain, questions
Pages 5-9: Selection from Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech, breaks down parts of the speech, provides guiding questions, and a summary activity.
Page 10: Introduction to Thomas Paine's Common Sense
Page 11: Text selection from Common Sense, have students mark up the text
Pages 12-14: Chunking of the text, place for students to interpret and put it into their own words.
Page 15: Summary activity
Page 16: Quote on Boston Massacre with questions
Page 17 : Engraving on Boston Massacre handout
Page 18 : Analysis worksheet to use with the Engraving
Page 19 : Additional questions on Boston Massacre
Page 20: Another selection from Common Sense with 2 questions
Page 21: Quote from Thomas Paine, The Crisis.
You do not have to use all the activities. I added a heading to each activity so you can pick which texts to use in your classroom. You can also add and adjust questions to meet the needs to your class.
Please let me know if you have questions! Thank-you for taking the time to look at this resource. I hope you find it helpful!