Road to Revolution is the first unit I cover in my 8th grade Social Studies class each year. I like to start off the year getting into academics quickly while maintaining a great deal of flexibility for the students whose schedules change the first week and to provide time to teach procedures and expectations. This project takes two class periods in my classroom and helps engage students. This project does not address any of my state standards but I have found it helps students make meaningful connections to topics covered in the standards. During this project I am able to teach my expectations for group work, classroom materials, presenting, and respect all while helping students feel like they are learning something “cool” the first couple days of school.
With this project I usually pair students up so that they are able to get to know someone new. Students work with their partner using the resources provided to come up with an explanation of why their assigned woman was important to the Patriot cause during the revolution. I have students create a mini poster with a couple sentences and a picture explaining their woman. These mini posters are then shared with the class under the document camera while the rest of the class takes notes. In my store is a free crossword puzzle that requires students to use their notes to review the contributions of these women and a short quiz I usually give the following day after all presentations are complete.
File includes teacher instructions with ideas on tweaks that may work better in your classroom, student instructions, list of women, student rubric, students notes page, resource list, 20 question quiz, and quiz answer sheet.
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