American Revolution

American Revolution Unit Scope

This document supports teachers in organizing the content and tasks for a unit of study.

Essential Questions

These questions guide teachers in driving instruction for students.

How did the American Revolution...

  • Change the relationship with Europe?
  • originate from economic hardship?
  • empower and disenfranchise communities?
  • teacher choice

Key Topics

These topics are critical themes within the big topic area.

Early American Life Colonial Cities Notable Documents

Recommended Newsela Materials

The most relevant articles are in the first text set. The additional text sets include materials to address the topics.

Articles

This section is organized by subtopic so that teachers can match relevant content to critical themes. These articles can help you target student understanding for each key topic.

Early American Life Colonial Cities Notable Documents

They sailed on the Mayflower and struggled to Build a Home: the Pilgrims

Primary Sources: John White Searches for the Lost Colonists of Roanoke

Settlement: George Washington’s French and Indian War

Settlement: The Origins and Legacy of the Pennsylvania Quakers

Settlement: Jamestown and the Founding of English America

American Revolution: The Indians’ War of Independence

Time Machine (1770): The Boston Massacre

Time Machine (1773): The Boston Tea Party

You Say You Want a Revolution

The forgotten roots of revolution: Boston’s Liberty Tree

Famous Speeches: Patrick Henry’s “Give me Liberty or Give me Death”

Primary Sources: The Declaration of Independence

Celebrating the national anthem’s 200th birthday

Time to clean the famous George Washington painting

Formative Tasks

The tasks are organized by subtopic and provide teachers with relevant resources for classroom implementation. Teachers can use these activities and assessments to determine student learning. http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/teachers.html

Early American Life Colonial Cities Notable Documents

PRO Activities

PRO Teacher Resources

They sailed on the Mayflower and struggled to Build a Home: the Pilgrims

PRO Extensions

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PRO Assessments

Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt A: Settlement was different across the American colonies.  Compare and contrast what life was like for the Pilgrims, the colonists of Roanoke and the Quakers.

Prompt BWhat did religious freedom mean to  an American colonist?

Did Puritans and Quakers experience religious oppression in the thirteen colonies and in England?


Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder.

 

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Time Machine (1773): The Boston Tea Party

 
PRO Extensions

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PRO Assessments

Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt AWhy was Boston an influential city in the American Revolution? How did it differ from Jamestown?

Prompt B: How did the “Age of Exploration” affect the  revolution?  What themes are repeated that could be used to predict a revolution?

Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder.

PRO Activities

PRO Teacher Resources

Famous Speeches Patrick Henry’s “Give me Liberty or Give me Death”

PRO Extensions

  • Recommended Annotations
  • Teacher Annotations

PRO Assessments

Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt A: The Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” What is missing from this statement? Taking into account historical and modern connections, how have these truths been adapted over time?

Prompt B: Define the relationship between revolution and liberty. Cite evidence from articles from both class discussions and Newsela articles. 

Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder

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