Benedict Arnold Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Are you teaching your students about the Revolutionary War? Use this lesson plan to zoom your focus in on Benedict Arnold. Students will read a nonfiction text about his life before and after the war as well as his role as a traitor. Finish up with an application activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • outline Benedict Arnold's role in the Revolutionary War
  • describe Benedict Arnold's life before and after the Revolutionary War
  • discuss Benedict Arnold's actions in the Revolutionary War

Length

1 hour

Materials

Key Vocabulary

  • Benedict Arnold
  • Battle of Saratoga
  • Sons of Liberty
  • Ft. Ticonderoga
  • George Washington

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.7

Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.2

Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

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