I teach 8th grade American History, and according to our curriculum we start with the Articles of Confederation. As many teachers know, you do not have all the time in the world to teach off the curriculum. I find it very difficult to start with the Articles of Confederation with no lesson(s) on colonism, and the Revolutionary War. We have to remember as teachers, students tend to forget what they learned the year before, and actually in Hawaii in 7th grade they are taught Hawaiian History, so for a whole year they go without any American History, so it is my responibility to bring them up to speed. This power point is intended to be a brief overview of why Europeans came to America, the early colonists, and Revolutionary War. I do this in about two days, and then I can move onto a couple lessons on government, then we start the Articles of Confederation. This power point includes objective, attention getter, and closure/hw assignment (as you will see this all in the preview). What you don't see in the preview is the actual slides that have content for note-taking, but it is 11 slides in total.