This simulated activity assigns students the role of a custom’s enforcement officer evaluating compliance with the Stamp Act of 1765. Students begin with a briefing that explains the Stamp Act from a British perspective. Then they estimate the total number of non-compliant articles in their own homes. This palpable demonstration of the invasive nature of the Stamp Act (in spite of its small monetary impact) serves as the basis for a written explanation of the colonial outrage that ultimately develops into a rallying cry for the American Revolution. The rubric for this assignment is included along with a follow-up student writing reflection that is used as an extension in Shawneen Morrison’s classroom. The lesson is easily adapted to higher grade levels by increasing the complexity of the written component.
For a fun free resource on life in Colonial America, click on the Colonial Home Remedy link below:
COLONIAL LIFE - MEDICAL CARE
For a similarly engaging lesson on European immigration to the American Colonies, see:
The Stamp Act Simulation - Will You Comply?
by Shawneen Morrison
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