Patriot or a Loyalist? Which Side Would YOU have been on?

Patriot or a Loyalist? Which Side Would YOU have been on?
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Most Americans would like to believe that they would been supportive of the American Revolution if they lived in 1776. They often think the Patriots were the "good guys" and anyone loyal to the Crown must have been a "bad guy." The lesson in this activity is that many factors influenced a person's political leanings then and now. I like to use this activity the day before I introduce the concepts of Patriots and Loyalists- who they were and what they believed. To avoid thinking about the Patriots and Loyalists in purely hero and villain terms, I never tell my students what the goal is up front. Students just think they're taking a survey about politics. Then I reveal that this survey shows how they might have felt about the American Revolution if they were alive at the time. This activity comes complete with separate teacher instructions, the survey and a class or homework assignment featuring critical thinking questions that get them to examine the issues of what caused a person to support either side.

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