Our Founding Fathers: Patriots or Traitors lesson on Multiple Perspectives

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About the Activity:

In this lesson students will examine four primary and secondary sources and answer the historical question: Were our Founding Fathers Patriots or Traitors? The goal of the lesson is for students to understand how to evaluate different historical perspectives and defend a claim with appropriate evidence.

What is included?

1. Lesson Plan

2. Six Question Anticipatory Set

3. Timeline Student Activity (about the causes of the American Revolution- to establish context)

4. Four Primary and Secondary Sources with ten guided questions

5. Handout on Multiple Perspectives

6. Student response sheet to answer the historical question

Total Pages
9 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


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