This project is designed for high school students, but can be adapted for upper middle school students. Students use a variety of sources and resources to write a letter to King George III of England from the perspective of a Loyalist (supporting King George, opposing the independence movement) or a Patriot (opposing King George, supporting the independence movement).
This activity is designed to incorporate first-person perspectives during the Revolutionary Era, and increase understanding of the motivating factors that ultimately led to war.
Supports and scaffolds include:
- Background information on the Revolution for students to complete before the project
- List of common colonial names (men and women)
- Background info and key quotes for three "great thinkers" of the Enlightenment - Montesquieu, Locke, and Paine
- Graphic organizer for creating a "character" from whose perspective they will write
- A guide to 18th century English vocabulary
- A Do Now translation activity
- An exemplar letter (with modern translation)
Finally, an added bonus I included most years was for students to handwrite their letters (in cursive, if possible) and stain them using coffee. Once dried, we posted the letters in the hallway to provide a museum-type feel. An additional lesson on analyzing Patriot and Loyalist primary sources preceded this activity, and is available as a separate download.