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When teaching the American Revolution and the events leading up to, this graphic organizer activity is a must have. There are many causes that led to the Revolution, which often creates confusion for students. Having this graphic organizer will greatly help your students when it comes to this topic, and can be a great study tool for an upcoming assessment. When teaching U.S. History at the High School level, many of our students have already learned about early U.S history in previous grades. This is a great way to cover these significant events quickly, but still going in-depth in how they led to the birth of a new nation.
Contained in this zip file is a blank graphic organizer for students to complete, a completed graphic organizer for teacher use, and readings for the events that led to the American Revolution. The events covered in this activity are:
Proclamation of 1763
Boston Tea Party
Coercive Acts(Intolerable Acts)
When using this graphic organizer in my class, my students have had some background knowledge on these events (some more than others). Generally, I break students into groups of 7, each receiving a reading of one of the topics. As students read their event, they will complete the graphic organizer section pertaining to the topic they are reading about. Then, when the group is ready, students will teach their event to the rest of the group, while the group completes the graphic organizer together. Afterwards, I generally have my students hold a discussion to review and clarify the events, and how they led to a revolt of the colonies.