This bundle of 3 PowerPoints is an engaging introduction to the circumstances and events leading up to the American Revolution. Covering the timeframe of early colonial governments through the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, these PowerPoints build on each other, but they can also be used independently as needed. Please see the video previews of each PowerPoint on their individual listings in my store.
Each PowerPoint is accompanied by student notes handouts (with answer keys), and two of them include activities to help students further organize information from the PowerPoints. Slides include discussion points in the Notes section with extra information and Web resources to use to go more in-depth into slide topics, making these presentations adaptable to grade and ability level.
1. The Build Up to a Blow Up
This 29-slide presentation offers information about the circumstances and early events leading to the American Revolution up through the French and Indian War. It provides an overview of the relationship between the British government and the American colonies; the structure of early colonial governments; and the reasoning behind the colonists' growing resentment toward the influence of Britain on the colonial way of life. It concludes with an overview of the French and Indian War and its effects on the American colonists.
2. Britain "Acts" Out
This 27-slide presentation describes Britain's colonial legislative acts following the French and Indian War and the colonists' reactions to them, all leading to the start of the Revolutionary War. It offers information about the key events leading to the American Revolution from the end of the French and Indian War to the First Continental Congress (1763-1774).
The PowerPoint begins with an overview of the early relationship between the British government and the American colonies then moves into the legislative acts that expedited war as well as the colonists' response to the laws :
-Proclamation of 1763
-Stamp Act Congress
-Boston Tea Party
-First Continental Congress
This resource also includes a Britain Acts Out flip book to organize information about the legislative acts enacted by British Parliament.
3. To Declare or Not to Declare
This 27-slide presentation focuses on the time period between the First Continental Congress and the writing and approval of the Declaration of Independence during the American Revolution (1774-1776).
The presentation begins with a review slide of the colonial legislative acts passed by British Parliament and the colonists' responses. It then covers the arguments for and against independence made by the Patriots and Loyalists as well as how undecided colonists were eventually persuaded to support independence from Britain thanks, in part, to writers like Thomas Paine, whose "Common Sense" is also covered in the PowerPoint. A review of the actions of the First Continental Congress as well as explanations of those of the Second Continental Congress and its role in acting on behalf of all colonies during the war are also covered. The presentation concludes with an overview of the drafting and adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
This resource also includes a Declaration of Independence graphic organizer to help students understand the structure and content of the document.
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