This resource is a critical reading activity using two different excerpts (slightly modified) on the American Revolution - one from Gordon Wood's "The Radicalism of the American Revolution," and the other from Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States.
For the assignment, students read both sources using the "attack the text" strategy. This includes numbering each paragraph, marking the text with a purpose, summarizing main ideas in the left hand column and annotating in the right with questions, connections, etc. The sources themselves have footnotes added to define or explain particularly difficult words and phrases for struggling readers.
After giving this assignment to students for homework, we started the next class by discussing the excerpts and where students fell on the question of whether the American Revolution was radical or conservative. This works great as a summative assignment for a lesson on the American Revolution or as a standalone homework assignment.