An authentic inquiry for the real world classroom!
Students investigate the events leading towards the Revolutionary War and discuss who should be blamed for the outbreak of the Revolutionary War - the colonists or the British - through an essay. The students will investigate many forms of colonial protest along with the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. This inquiry combines hands on interactive investigations with critical thinking and assessment. My students love this unit!
The following topics are covered within this inquiry:
The Stamp Act - The Sons of Liberty - The Quartering Act - The Townshend Acts -
Boycotts - The Boston Massacre - The East India Tea Company - The Boston Tea Party - The Intolerable Acts - The First Continental Congress - along with many ideas and people...
This inquiry includes the following lessons, along with planning materials specifically geared towards writing the essay associated with the inquiry.
Colonial Protest Gallery Walk
The Boston Massacre - Primary Source Analysis
The Boston Tea Party - Assessing Reliability
You can also purchase this inquiry combined with my - French and Indian War Cause and Effects lesson
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If you teach in New York state, this assessment is geared towards preparing students for the new Regents exam by teaching them about assessing the reliability of primary sources and comparing points of view. Students also have to utilize evidence from primary and secondary sources to argue a claim in their essays.
You can complete this inquiry in combination with the first game on Mission-US.org, however, this is not required.
The lesson is linked to NYS Social Studies Standards, but you could easily cut and paste in your own standards for your state.
NYS Standard - 7.3 AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE: Growing tensions over political power and economic issues sparked a movement for independence from Great Britain. New York played a critical role in the course and outcome of the American Revolution.
This zip file includes a PowerPoint version (fully editable), a Google Slides version, and a PDF version.
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