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Ch 4: U.S. Colonial Resistance Lesson Plans

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This chapter helps you quickly plan a history unit about U.S. colonial resistance. Inside, you'll find a variety of convenient teacher resources, including lesson plan outlines and supplemental history lessons.

U.S. Colonial Resistance Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

If you need to plan lessons about the colonial resistance to British rule, this chapter can help you craft engaging and informative lessons regarding important historical events from the time period. The chapter helps you plan lessons about:

  • The Sugar Act
  • The Stamp Act
  • The Sons of Liberty
  • The Boston Tea Party
  • The Intolerable Acts
  • No taxation without representation

Accompanying each lesson plan outline is a topical lesson that further explores significant historical figures, dates, terms and concepts. You can share these lesson supplements with your class to reinforce the topics you cover in your instruction. For your convenience, we've made these resources accessible on any computer or mobile device.

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  • Lesson planning: Simplifies the lesson planning process and helps you make sure you cover essential information about U.S. colonial resistance.
  • Student comprehension: Offers expertly taught lesson supplements that present historical concepts in an engaging and easy-to-understand manner.
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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan resources with relevant tools to make planning U.S. colonial resistance lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific U.S. colonial resistance topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your American history class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related U.S. colonial resistance lessons with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important U.S. colonial resistance concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant U.S. colonial resistance activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

18 Lessons in Chapter 4: U.S. Colonial Resistance Lesson Plans
Sugar Act Lesson Plan

1. Sugar Act Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the Sugar Act. An informational video gives detailed information on the reasons for the Act then explains what it was and how it impacted the mounting tension in the colonies. Discussion questions, a quiz and activity are included.

What is the Sugar Act of 1764? - Definition, Summary & Facts

2. What is the Sugar Act of 1764? - Definition, Summary & Facts

In this lesson, we'll be looking at the Sugar Act of 1764, which helped move the American colonies closer to revolution and independence. You'll learn about this transition along with other interesting facts and then you'll be able to test your new knowledge with a quiz!

Stamp Act Lesson Plan

3. Stamp Act Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help you teach your students how the passing of the Stamp Act exhibited British power and American resistance. By incorporating a video, discussion questions, a debate and a quiz, your students will be active and engaged through the whole lesson.

What was the Stamp Act of 1765? - Definition, Summary & Significance

4. What was the Stamp Act of 1765? - Definition, Summary & Significance

Learn about the Stamp Act of 1765, which was an ill-considered tax by the British government on the American colonies and one of the factors leading up to the American Revolution. After the lesson, you can test your knowledge with a quiz!

No Taxation without Representation Lesson Plan

5. No Taxation without Representation Lesson Plan

This lesson plan explores the settlement of the New World and the colonies' tenacity to become independent. Students will read and discuss a text lesson. They will then apply their newly learned information in a classroom debate.

No Taxation without Representation: Meaning & Explanation

6. No Taxation without Representation: Meaning & Explanation

In the 1700s, the British imposed new laws on the 13 colonies, aggravating them towards independence. The slogan ''No Taxation without Representation'' encouraged a representative government and freedom from tyranny.

Stamp Act Lesson Plan for Elementary School

7. Stamp Act Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What was the Stamp Act? Did it lay the foundation for the American Revolution? This lesson plan explains key facts about the Stamp Act using a text lesson and guided discussion. An activity challenges students to protest the tax.

Stamp Act Facts: Lesson for Kids

8. Stamp Act Facts: Lesson for Kids

This lesson will teach you about the Stamp Act, a tax by the British on the American colonies. You will learn how the colonists' reacted to this, and what the final outcome was.

Sons of Liberty Lesson Plan

9. Sons of Liberty Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will allow your students to learn about the Sons of Liberty and how this society is tied to British rule and the Stamp Act. An important activity will help students tie in the colonists' reaction to the aforementioned and the psyche of Americans to this day.

Sons of Liberty: Resistance to the Stamp Act and British Rule

10. Sons of Liberty: Resistance to the Stamp Act and British Rule

In 1763, British Prime Minister George Grenville passed new legislation aimed at solving some of the empire's problems stemming from the French and Indian War. The colonists cried, 'Taxation without representation is tyranny!' They organized boycotts, the Sons of Liberty and the Stamp Act Congress until some of the new taxes were lifted.

Boston Tea Party Lesson Plan

11. Boston Tea Party Lesson Plan

This lesson plan on the Boston Tea Party demonstrates to students how the slide into revolution was very gradual. At first, few colonists wanted to rebel; however, the Intolerable Acts soon changed that.

The Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts & First Continental Congress

12. The Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts & First Continental Congress

Three years of calm followed the Boston Massacre and the repeal of most Townshend duties. But no sooner had Parliament passed a new tax on tea than the colonies were in an uproar again about taxation without representation. What followed were the Boston Tea Party and the fateful last steps leading to war.

Intolerable Acts Lesson Plan

13. Intolerable Acts Lesson Plan

This lesson plan outlines how the intolerable acts, the reason for their passage, and the American reaction to their passage can be discussed with students. It also goes over various activities the students can engage in to get a better feel for this topic.

The Intolerable Acts of 1774: Definition, Summary & Significance

14. The Intolerable Acts of 1774: Definition, Summary & Significance

The relationship between Great Britain and the American colonies, already deteriorating after 1763, plunged in 1773 with the Boston Tea Party. In this lesson, learn about the British reaction to this event, and how it caused a big step toward war and revolution.

Intolerable Acts Lesson Plan for Elementary School

15. Intolerable Acts Lesson Plan for Elementary School

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the Intolerable Acts and the move towards Revolution. They will use creative writing to synthesize this information.

Sons of Liberty Lesson Plan for Elementary School

16. Sons of Liberty Lesson Plan for Elementary School

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the Sons of Liberty. They will apply this knowledge by organizing their own mock protests as groups.

The Boston Tea Party Lesson Plan for Elementary School

17. The Boston Tea Party Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan offers an outline for how teachers can present a general summary and list of facts pertaining to the Boston Tea Party to students. Activities to solidify the information for students are included in the lesson plan.

Sugar Act Lesson Plan for Elementary School

18. Sugar Act Lesson Plan for Elementary School

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the Sugar Act and its impact on the buildup to the American Revolution. They will work in small groups to empathize with American colonists and draft letters of complaint to England.

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