The Road to the American Revolution
This activity works well in an 11th grade US History class to analyze the buildup to the American Revolution as a review of middle school curriculum.
The lesson is organized on a Power Point presentation that can be easily modified to better serve your needs.
The structure of the lesson is as follows:
1. Warm Up - What would motivate you to want to risk your life for something that you believe in? Discuss
2. New Vocab: American Revolution
3. Road to Revolution PPT
a. Partner Activity- Using the textbook
i. Graph of the road to revolution x (dates 1754, 63, 64, 66, 67, 70, 73, 74, 75, 76) and y (what the colonists did and increased tension) axis timelines of British behavior.
ii. Have students write an explanation and image for each on a separate piece of paper
b. Summary: What ideals were threatened by the British Action? Which action would you take and why?
i. Discuss as a class
c. British Point of View discussion
i. The other side of the story- how did the British feel about colonial actions?
ii. Based on this information, what is your opinion of the events leading up to the American Revolution?
• The Road to Revolution Power Point *Editable
• Textbooks and laptops or computer lab access for research
• Ability to project information- LCD projector