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Founding Fathers & Revolutionaries Lesson Plans & Resources - Chapter Summary
Get your students up to speed on our country's founders and early revolutionary figures with these lesson plans and related resources on George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and many others. These resources can help you design lessons, classwork, homework and projects that your students will find interesting and fun. This chapter helps you create lessons and activities on:
- The military career and presidency of George Washington
- John Adam's life, political involvement and significant legislation
- Thomas Jefferson's presidency and achievements
- Benjamin Franklin's biography and inventions
- Alexander Hamilton's role as founder and federalist
- Biographical lessons on Patrick Henry and John Hancock
- Written works by Thomas Paine, including Common Sense, The Age of Reason and The Crisis
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- Individual and group projects: Provides project ideas based on Benjamin Franklin and others that your students can work on by themselves or as a group.
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1. George Washington Lesson Plan
Teach your students about George Washington with this lesson plan. Students read a text lesson to gain background knowledge, then watch and discuss a video lesson examining his leadership. Extend learning with an activity.
2. George Washington's Leadership at Trenton, Saratoga & Valley Forge
After a series of setbacks in 1776, George Washington's leadership of the Continental Army helped America turn the tide of the war in three pivotal locations, prompting France to recognize the United States as a nation and an ally.
3. George Washington: Presidency & Facts
In this lesson, we will discuss how George Washington, the first president of the United States, helped shape the office of president. Learn more about how Washington set the stage for future presidents and test your knowledge with a quiz.
4. Washington's Farewell Address Lesson Plan
Study, analyze and practice reading primary documents with this lesson plan centering on George Washington's Farewell Address. A text lesson helps with summary and analysis and activities and a quiz are used to check understanding.
5. George Washington's Farewell Address: Summary, Analysis & Quotes
In this lesson we explore the farewell address of America's first president, George Washington, who never actually delivered the address but published it in a Philadelphia newspaper.
6. John Adams Lesson Plan for Elementary School
John Adams was the second president of the United States. But, there was a lot more to this important man than most people realize. In this lesson, students will learn about John Adams and the many contributions he made on behalf of the United States.
7. John Adams Activities & Games
If your students are studying about the Revolutionary War or the Founding Fathers of the United States, then use these activities and games to help them learn about John Adams.
8. John Adams Activities for Kids
Studies of historic figures are often rudimentary and boring. However, students will have fun participating in these activities, enhancing their knowledge of John Adams.
9. John Adams Lesson Plan
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.
10. Who Was John Adams? - Facts & Overview
Read about the remarkable life of John Adams, including his role in drafting and promoting the Declaration of Independence. Learn about his relationship with Thomas Jefferson, and test your understanding of Adams's key historical roles with a quiz.
11. President John Adams: From Alien and Sedition Acts to XYZ Affair
John Adams was an important founder of the United States. In many ways, he was the voice of the Revolution. As president, he had some proud shining moments and one major blight on his legacy.
12. Thomas Jefferson Lesson Plan
What did Thomas Jefferson accomplish in his time as president? This lesson plan will help you guide your students in finding the answer to this guiding question. Students watch two engaging videos outlining Jefferson's election and presidency, then discuss key concepts before applying to an activity.
13. The Election & Presidency of Thomas Jefferson
In this lesson, we will learn about the remarkable Election of 1800 and about the presidency of Thomas Jefferson. We will highlight the central events, people, situations, and themes surrounding Jefferson's election and his subsequent presidency. We will be able to summarize the important events that took place during his time in office.
14. Thomas Jefferson's Presidency: Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark, and More
Thomas Jefferson is often noted as one of the best presidents in history. In our lesson, learn about some of President Jefferson's many famous domestic accomplishments and the controversy surrounding most of them.
15. Thomas Jefferson Project Ideas
Thomas Jefferson is one of the major important figures in early United States history. This lesson gives you some ideas about how to bring his life and works alive for your students.
16. Thomas Jefferson Activities & Games
Thomas Jefferson is a towering figure in American history and was renowned for his many intellectual abilities. In this lesson, students are encouraged to delve a little deeper into Jefferson's accomplishments through educational and informative classroom activities.
17. Thomas Jefferson Activities for Kids
Learning about Thomas Jefferson can be an important way for kids to learn more about the history of the United States. This lesson offers activities designed to enliven your instruction about Jefferson's life and work.
18. Benjamin Franklin Lesson Plan
Do your students know what Benjamin Franklin contributed to American history? This lesson plan uses two engaging text lessons and a memorable craft to teach students about Benjamin Franklin's life and work.
19. Benjamin Franklin Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Do you know anyone who has been struck by lightning? Well, in this lesson, you'll learn about Benjamin Franklin, who flew a kite during a lightning storm, and find out why he's known as one of our country's Founding Fathers.
20. Benjamin Franklin's Inventions: Lesson for Kids
Did you ever wonder where things come from or who first had an idea? Well, several inventions and ideas came from Benjamin Franklin. Over 200 years ago, he invented several things that are still in use today like a lightning rod to save your house and a special kind of eyeglasses to help people see.
21. Benjamin Franklin Games & Activities
Benjamin Franklin is a great and important hero in American history. Help your students learn more about his life and work by playing the games and doing the activities in this lesson.
22. James Madison Lesson Plan
Teach your student about James Madison with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson about Madison for background information before watching a video lesson on his presidency and the War of 1812. Discussion questions, a quiz and activity are included.
23. James Madison's Presidency: the War of 1812 & the Monroe Doctrine
In this lesson, we will learn about the presidency of James Madison. We will learn about his contributions and what kind of man he was, but we will focus specifically on the War of 1812 and the Monroe Doctrine.
24. James Madison: Federalist & President
'If men were angels, no government would be necessary.' James Madison said these words in defense of the government he helped create. Read this lesson to learn about Madison's role as one of the 'Founding Fathers' of the United States.
25. Thomas Paine Lesson Plan
This lesson plan is centered around an informative text lesson on Thomas Paine and his significance to early America. You will be provided discussion questions, a brief quiz and an activity to reinforce learning.
26. Who Was Thomas Paine? - Pamphlets & Facts
This lesson discusses Thomas Paine and two of the most important pamphlets of the Revolutionary Era. Learn more about Paine's life and the influence of his writing, then test your knowledge with a quiz.
27. Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason Lesson Plan
This lesson plan will arm you with discussion topics and questions, an activity, and a quiz that will help your students understand Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason, and their importance.
28. Thomas Paine's The Age Of Reason: Summary & Philosophy
In this lesson, we will examine an influential pamphlet written by Thomas Paine by learning about the views he advanced in 'The Age of Reason.' We will also learn a little bit about who Thomas Paine was, and finally, we'll understand the historical context in which 'The Age of Reason' was written.
29. Thomas Paine's Common Sense Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to help you teach students about Thomas Paine. Students watch a video lesson to learn who he was, how he influenced the Revolutionary War, and take a closer look at his influential writing before applying concepts to an engaging activity.
30. Thomas Paine: Common Sense and The Crisis
Thomas Paine was an influential writer during the American Revolution. In this lesson, we'll explore the content and style of two of his most famous pamphlets and how they helped shape American history.
31. Thomas Paine's Common Sense Lesson Plan for Elementary School
Introduce your students to Thomas Paine's famous 'Common Sense' with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson on the topic, discuss the parts and impact of this text, do a project and take a quiz.
32. John Hancock Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the famous American John Hancock. Students will read a text lesson sharing Hancock's personal and political life, discuss content and apply learning to an activity.
33. John Hancock: Facts, Biography & History
John Hancock was the first president of the Second Continental Congress, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and the first Governor of Massachusetts. He played a leading role in many events of the American Revolution.
34. Patrick Henry Lesson plan
Who said '~'Give me liberty or give me death?'~' It was Patrick Henry, of course, and this lesson plan will teach students all about his life and work with the help of a text lesson and activity.
35. Patrick Henry Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Discover why Patrick Henry was considered a statesman and extraordinary orator. You can read about his private and public life, as well as learning his favorite pastime when he was with his children.
36. Cary Rebellion Lesson Plan
Students will learn about the conflict that arose in early American colonial settlements in this lesson plan. Students will read the lesson, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.
37. The Cary Rebellion: Definition, Causes & Timeline
The Cary Rebellion was a moment of civil unrest in the American colonies that helped shape the early 18th century. In this lesson, we'll explore this moment and see what rebellions looked like before the American Revolution.
38. Paul Revere: Biography, Facts & Quotes
Paul Revere and his famous ride to Lexington played a pivotal role in the American Revolution. Read this lesson to learn about the life of this famous patriot!
39. Paul Revere Activities & Games
Paul Revere is a famous figure in American History, and well-known for his midnight ride to warn of the British troops' arrival. Use the activities and games in this lesson to help your students learn more about Paul Revere and his contributions.
40. Paul Revere Activities for Kids
Learning about Paul Revere can be an exciting way for students to study United States history. This lesson offers some activities that will make learning about his life and work and hands-on and engaging experience.
41. William Penn Activities
Do you need some engaging activities for your older students to learn about William Penn? Take a look at some interesting activities to get your students excited and actively involved in facts about William Penn.
42. William Penn Activities for Kids
Students will do more than just color an outline of William Penn in these activities. They will have fun learning about him and the contributions he made for colonial independence.
43. Midnight Ride of Paul Revere Lesson Plan
Explore American history using this Study.com lesson plan. Have students read our lesson on Paul Revere, discuss his impact on the American Revolution, and explore his legacy as a hero.
44. George Washington Activities
Because of his pivotal role in early American history, George Washington is an important person for students, of all ages, to study. There is much to be learned about his influence on the government of this country as well as his character as our first president.
45. The Crossing Movie Discussion Questions
'The Crossing' is a 2000 biographical film by director Robert Harmon about George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River during the Revolutionary War. This resource provides discussion questions about this movie.
46. Thomas Paine's Common Sense Discussion Questions
Would you like to teach your high school students about 'Common Sense' written by Thomas Paine? They will utilize the following discussion questions to bolster their creative and analytical capabilities.
47. Alexander Hamilton Discussion Questions
Would you like to teach your high school students about Alexander Hamilton? These discussion questions can be used in conjunction with your teachings, as they analyze the persona of the political figure.
48. Federalist Vs. Anti-Federalist Discussion Questions
Would you like to teach your high school students about the differing viewpoints of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists? The following questions for discussion will assist their studies.
49. Louisiana Purchase Discussion Questions
Are you interested in teaching your middle school students about the Louisiana Purchase? The following helpful discussion questions will be of assistance in the analysis of the intricacies of the legendary land deal.
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