The purpose of this lesson is to investigate the causes of the American Revolution. Students will examine social, economic, and political impacts of British colonial policies in the American colonies.
Students will examine the Boston Massacre, Tea Act, Boston Tea Party, and Intolerable Acts. Students will also understand propaganda and how it was used to influence the colonist’s opinion about British government. Students will explain the actions colonists took to resist British policies and actions.
Students will also create a writing and/or illustration describing the point of view of a group of people in either the Boston Massacre or Boston Tea Party. They will try and convince others of their point of view.
This is an engaging lesson that will encourage student discussion. Included is a scripted lesson plan, eight 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 ELA connection is included to supplement information already presented in Social Studies to enhance ELA.