This PowerPoint presentation will allow students to examine the military and political assets of the British and the Colonists on the eve of the American Revolution. Students will be guided through a presentation and note-taking activity wherein they do a side-by-side analysis of the Redcoats and the Patriots as the conflict takes shape.
The guided presentation instructs students to create a 3-column page of notes labeled "Category", "British", and "Colonists". As the PowerPoint unfolds, students will record data for several categories and assess the strengths and weaknesses of each side on the eve of the American Revolution. Students will compare and contrast the following: Population, Armies, Total Soldiers, Navy, Political Support, Industrial Development, Leadership, Supplies, Strategy, Intangibles, and a few other dynamics that influenced the Revolutionary War. At the end of the presentation, students are prompted to answer the question, "Who had the advantage at the beginning of the War?" This question can be addressed by the instructor as a class discussion, a "quick-write" response activity, or a more formal written assignment to be completed at home.
This PowerPoint/lecture activity helps students to become better note-takers, prompts them to compare and contrast data, and then asks them to analyze this data to form opinions and extrapolate outcomes. Most students will recognize that the British have the advantage at the beginning of the conflict, which only serves to spark interest in upcoming Revolutionary War studies (since they will wonder how the Americans overcame adversity and beat the more powerful British military). This PowerPoint activity makes for an excellent introduction to studying the Revolutionary War and frames the early conflict nicely.