Recognize the contributions of the Founding Fathers (John Adams, Sam Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Mason, George Washington) during American Revolutionary efforts.
Subject Area: Social Studies Grade: 8
Strand: American History
Standard: Demonstrate an understanding of the causes, course, and consequences of the American Revolution and the founding principles of our nation.
Letter, June 18, 1775—the day after the Battle of Bunker Hill—from Abigail Adams in Braintree, Massachusetts, to her husband, John Adams. He was in Philadelphia representing Massachusetts at the Continental Congress.
The letter, one of more than 1,000 that Abigail and John Adams exchanged during long years of separation, combines political and family news with Abigail's forthright views on the events of the day.
The Adamses felt the cost of the battle on a personal level: Abigail's letter opens with the news that they've lost their close friend Dr. Joseph Warren, who had been a spokesman for the Revolutionary cause.
SOAP (Source, Occasion, Audience, Purpose)
Who/what is the Source?
What person or group produced this document?
Whose perspective is being voiced?
What is the Occasion?
When and where was this evidence created?
What context or situation encouraged the creation of this document?
Who is the Audience?
Who would be expected to see or read this piece of evidence?
What is the Purpose?
What was this document intended to accomplish?
What was its creator’s aim?
Adapted from “Building Success Program: Participant’s Manual” New York, The College Board, 1998. Reading and Thinking in the History Classroom, April 2002. Area 3 History & Cultures Project, UC Davis http://historyproject.ucdavis.edu
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