Causes of the American Revolution - Revolutionary …
Causes of the American Revolutionary War
As a classroom teacher, I have used primary documents. However, I have only used written documents and never with the intent of allowing the document to tell the story. Through this summer’s course I was able to work through the process of planning a lesson around a primary source. In other words, I let the source be the focus of learning instead of it just being an addition to learning. The goal of my lesson was to have students understand the basics of the American Revolution including the causes, and consequences. The documents I used were intended to connect England and America and show students how global conflicts eventually lead to internal conflicts. I also used documents like an eyewitness account of the Boston Tea Party and South Carolina’s Stamp Act Resolutions to show how people on a local level reacted to the events of the time. These resources helped to frame a plan that allowed my students to think critically about history.
Causes of the American Revolutionary War for kids
5. Arrange class with six stations. Place one primary source document at each station. Documents include South Carolina Stamp Act Resolutions, Eyewitness Account of the Boston Tea Party, United Streaming video of the Charleston Tea Party, Dire Confusion, Declaration of the Rights of Man, Declaration of Independence (see Primary Sources and Tools section above). Have students visit each station to analyze each document. They should use the to keep track of their analyses from each document. Groups should spend about 10 minutes at each station analyzing each document. Have students answer the following questions in groups. As far as you can tell from the document, what was the problem? How did colonists respond to the problem? Why do you believe they responded this way? At the end of class, lead the class in a whole group discussion summarizing the actions of people throughout the colonies and their reactions prior to the Revolutionary War. (1 to 2 class periods)