This 29 slide Power Point is intended to cover the entire chapter leading up to the Revolutionary War-from just after the French and Indian War all the way up through the Battle of Bunker Hill. This is probably the most comprehensive presentation I've made to date, and it includes tons of hyperlinks. I have done all the research for you and included links to informational websites as well as interactive games and timelines.
I used this for all of my teaching of this part of history, and incorporated cooperative structures and critical thinking discussions to have students discuss the main points. The notes section on each slide contains information on hyperlinks, background information that will be helpful to the teacher, and higher level questions that you can ask students. For high school students, it would be a great overview of the causes of the American Revolution, and for middle school students, it is a pretty comprehensive view of this time period in history.
I ask students to consider viewpoints quite a bit throughout this unit. For example, we look at two paintings of the Boston Massacre, and note the differences, together with the indisputable facts about the event. We discuss how the British point-of-view differed from that of the colonists. As Americans, we find it easy to see everything from the colonists' point of view. I ask students to consider the viewpoints of the British and the loyalists, as well.
I should mention that many of these slides contain custom animations, overlays, and fades. This means that when you look at the slides in edit mode, they'll look a little funny. Rest assured, though, that these slides will work perfectly when in slide show mode. I just like to have pictures and text boxes fade in and out to increase the visual appeal of the lesson. Keeping students' attention during history class is hard, and this kind of presentation increases student engagement.
Melissa Eaton, M. of Ed., National Board Certified Teacher