Let's face it. Sometimes showing a video in class just gives some kids the excuse to try to sleep or get distracted by other things. Kids ALWAYS learn more from a video when they are waiting for an answer, and this video sheet is your answer to Episode 2 of John Adams! This contains a graphic organizer for Episode 2, Independence, from the HBO series "John Adams."
This episode can be finished in 1 hour and 8 minutes and portrays John Adams as one of the American diplomats to France to gain French support for the war. Adams will find that working with Benjamin Franklin is not as easy as it was in Philidelphia and quickly grows tired of Franklin's style of diplomacy and lack of French action. Adams is later sent to Holland with no explanation but later finds that Franklin requested it and wrote some things about Adams that publicly embarrassed him. Eventually the war is won and Abigail, who has been left at home and has taken on all the responsibilities for a few years, can now hope for John's return.
This video guide has 20 questions on three pages, with some questions requiring students to look for certain things throughout the episode and to also list a number of answers. It's a great way for students to be engaged during the video at little effort on your part!
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