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American Revolution Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Do your students know how America gained freedom from England's rule? This lesson plan summarizes the American Revolution for students using a fact-based text lesson. An activity connects students with the experience of the colonists.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • list the causes of the American Revolution
  • explain why American colonists began to resist Britain's rule
  • summarize the events of the Boston Tea Party
  • discuss what happened at the First Continental Congress

Length

60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.2

Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

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