In this activity, students will assume the role of a Patriot, Loyalist or colonist who was neutral and debate whether the colonists should have declared independence from Great Britain. They will identify arguments to support their position and conduct an whole-class debate. It is a cooperative learning activity in which the students are formulating historical arguments. It can be adapted for any grade level as the sophistication of the arguments will vary depending on the grade/ability of the students. There is a rubric attached to help you assess the student's performance.