John Adams Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teach your students about John Adams with this interactive lesson plan. Students begin by building background knowledge, then watch an educational video to learn specifics about Adams.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain and discuss aspects of Adams' life
  • debate pros and cons of the Alien and Sedition Acts
  • discuss Adams' contributions to America


  • 1-2 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • John Quincy Adams
  • Stamp Act
  • Townshend Act
  • Boston Massacre
  • First Continental Congress
  • Intolerable Acts
  • Second Continental Congress
  • Treaty of Paris
  • Revolutionary War
  • Alien and Sedition Acts
  • The XYZ Affair
  • Midnight Appointments
  • The Alien Enemies Act
  • The Naturalization Act
  • Lame Duck

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

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