American Revolution Unit: This includes lesson plans (no prep print) with options to extend or shorten the length of the unit, 19 reading passages, and inquiry driven tasks, + digital organizers for writing prompts. I love how this unit correlates to writing standards, AND I believe you will as well.You have many options to shorten or extend the length of the unit to fit your needs.
**This unit is adapted from the NEW 4th grade Georgia Standards of Excellence for Social Studies. **
Lesson 1 - Opposing Points of View - students work to find the events, decisions, and issues resulting from the French and Indian War (passage, questions, and organizers included)
Lesson 2 - Do you agree? - Students create their own opinion of the Boston Tea Party based off the 4 primary sources (passages, questions, and interactive journal provided)
Lesson 3 - The "true" story of the Boston Massacre - Students use 3 eyewitness accounts and two photos to compare and contrast the views of what REALLY happened on the day of the Boston Massacre.
Lesson 4 - Who's who of the American Revolution - students create a poster (digital version available) of their choice of key individuals. Passages include George Washington, Benedict Arnold, King George III, John Adams, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Paul Revere)
Lesson 5 - Patriot or Loyalist - students compare the patriots and loyalists beliefs. This is a great lesson to complete a compare and contrast essay.
Lesson 6 - Did Geography win the day at Yorktown? - the students use a read aloud, maps, and a graphic organizer to depict if the geography at Yorktown helped win the war.
Lesson 7 - Battle Analysis - Students focus on one battle at a time through passages and maps (Yorktown, Lexington and Concord, and Saratoga) to create a newspaper article (digital version available).
Lesson 8 - Drawing is worth a thousand words - students answer questions to analyze two political cartoons.
Lesson 9 - Declaring our independence - I spend multiple days learning, reading, and discussing various advantages and disadvantages of the colonies declaring their independence. (passage included), then the students write their own declaration of independence based off an "unfair rule" that you created in the classroom.
Lesson 10 - A letter to the king. Students write a letter to the king discussing how he abused his power (digital version included)
***Culminating Task included a Rubric to grade***
This Unit could easily take 25+ days to complete even with just 10 lessons. There is so many different ways to use this resource! Thank you!!!
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