Treaty of Paris Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

This lesson plan offers instruction for presenting the Treaty of Paris to students. Students are guided through the creation of an outline, composing a list of rights and conducting further research on related ideas.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define rights and grievances
  • Explain why the agreement between England and the United States happened in Paris
  • Identify who represented the United States in Paris

Length

1 Hour. The take home writing assignment has a length of 30 minutes.

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1

Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.7

Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Key Terms

  • Grievances
  • Rights
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Battle of Saratoga

Materials

  • Printed copies of the text lesson Treaty of Paris: Lesson for Kids and hard copies of the lesson quiz
  • Parchment paper
  • Sealing wax
  • Rubber stamps (alphabet stamps or random images)
  • Large copy of the 'Treaty of Paris' image from the lesson
  • Heat source to melt wax

Warm-up

  • Ask students where the United States officially became an independent country.
  • Ask if students think that Paris has anything to do with U.S. independence.
  • Tell your students that you are going to construct an outline of important facts pertaining to the Treaty of Paris today.
  • Draw a skeletal outline on the board using the headings of sections in the lesson as outline headings:
    • Rights and Grievances
    • The Revolutionary War
    • Meeting in Paris
    • Terms of the Treaty
  • Instruct students to copy the skeletal outline leaving plenty of room to fill in details in their own outlines.

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