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To become familiar with the events of the 1760s and 1770s which led to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War.
2 class periods
Class members will read the background information that describes the worsening relationship between the British and the American Colonies.
Go over the directions with the students for doing the section entitled British-Colonial Relations. Assign this section which describes British actions and Colonial reactions.
Read with the class the section Negotiating a Settlement of British-Colonial Differences. Divide the class into preferably groups of four students. Determine which group members will be British representatives, and which ones will be colonial representatives. Assign each group to a certain area of the room, where they will begin negotiations. Once finished, you may want to have a volunteer from one or more groups read their settlement to the class.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.