Effects of the American Revolution Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Students will learn about the social and economic impacts of the American Revolution. They will view and discuss a video lesson, draft blueprints for a new nation's ideals, and take a quiz to see what they have learned.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson your students will be able to:

  • Describe the political aftereffects of the war across the globe
  • Explain inequalities that African Americans, women, and Native Americans faced
  • Recap how the American economy fared for at least twenty years after the war


1 - 1.5 Hours

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.


  • Ask students about trending current events. Discuss how these events have social and economic effects and brainstorm what these might be.
  • Let students know you will be studying the social and economic effects of the American Revolution.
  • Start the video American Revolution: Social and Economic Impact, and pause for the first time at 1:33.
    • What was the worldwide result of the Treaty of Paris in 1783?
    • In the new American government, what was supposed to supplant the privileges of heredity?
    • What two groups of men now comprised much of the government?
  • Next, restart the video and pause this time at 5:45.
    • What did the concept of republican motherhood entail?
    • How did opportunities for women expand?
    • Did African Americans have their rights defended under the new government?
    • How long did it take for this to actually happen?
    • What became of the Iroquois Confederacy?
  • Now, restart the video and pause for the final time at 7:40.
    • What were some of the effects of the post-war recession?
    • How long did it last?
  • Finish the video and review the 'Lesson Summary'.

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