Personal Note: I was observed during this lesson while teaching one of my 6th grade inclusion classes, and my AP was VERY happy! All of my students did a great job with this activity- actively engaged in the brainstorming. For some of my lower-level classes, I made sure that as soon as they were finished brainstorming, we kept going (down-time leads to distractions :) ).
Created for Virginia SOL Standards, this lesson has students think critically about the possible causes and effects of the French and Indian War. Worksheet, formative assessment (warm-up/wrap-up sheet) and detailed lesson plan are INCLUDED!
Brief lesson summary:
Warm-Up - Students write a short story using given words (related to lesson). Story can be made-up, silly, etc. Students LOVE this warm-up and are always excited to share their stories!
Brainstorm - Students are given historical events related to French and Indian War. In groups, they brainstorm possible outcomes of these events. On their own, students oftentimes come up with the correct answers of what actually happened!
Wrap-Up - Students write a historically accurate account of the French and Indian War, using same words from warm-up activity.