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Continental Congress Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students what the Continental Congress was, how it was formed and its role in American independence with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson detailing this and other information, discuss and analyze content with guiding questions, then apply learning to an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain how and why the Continental Congress was formed
  • describe events and actions of the Continental Congress
  • discuss influential members of the Continental Congress and their impact on events

Length

1 - 1.5 hours

Materials

  • Copies of the lesson quiz, one for each student
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils

Key Vocabulary

  • First Continental Congress
  • Joseph Galloway
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • George Washington
  • Declaration of Independence

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • 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.

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