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Ch 4: MTEL History: The American Revolution

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Use our lessons to help you learn about the major events and personalities of the American Revolution. These videos and quizzes will help you answer these types of questions on the MTEL History exam.

MTEL History: The American Revolution - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter can help you refresh your knowledge of the major events and personages of the Revolutionary War as you prepare for the MTEL History exam. The videos cover the following happenings that will aid you in answering these types of exam questions:

  • Analyzing the first battles of the war
  • Recognizing the achievements of the Second Continental Congress
  • Exploring how Thomas Paine's writings influenced the Americans
  • Looking at the Declaration of Independence
  • Describing how American loyalties were divided during the war
  • Summarizing George Washington's leadership at Valley Forge, Trenton and Saratoga
  • Finding out about the Battle of Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris

Our instructors will discuss each aspect of these lessons, helping you understand what you may be asked about on test day. They give you a thorough understanding of these Revolutionary War events during these entertaining lessons. After you finish each lesson, you can take its accompanying quiz to gauge how well you understand the information you've reviewed.

Objectives of the MTEL History: The American Revolution Chapter

In Massachusetts, everyone seeking certification to teach history must pass the MTEL History exam. The topics in this chapter on the American Revolution are in the exam's section on U.S. history, which accounts for 30% of the test's total score.

All questions on this section of the MTEL History exam are multiple-choice, as are the questions in the quizzes that accompany each of our lessons. These quizzes let you test your knowledge and also practice answering computer-based multiple-choice questions.

6 Lessons in Chapter 4: MTEL History: The American Revolution
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Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill: The American Revolution Begins

1. Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill: The American Revolution Begins

Following the Boston Tea Party, Massachusetts was placed under the command of the British army. Rumors of a rebellion led to an attempted raid on the militia's arsenal. The events that followed at Lexington and Concord touched off the American Revolution.

The Second Continental Congress and Thomas Paine's Common Sense

2. The Second Continental Congress and Thomas Paine's Common Sense

1763 marked the beginning of the long road to revolution for the American colonies. By 1775, military actions had finally erupted. How were the colonists and their leaders going to respond?

The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy

3. The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy

After 12 years of tension and fighting, the colonists and their leaders were ready to declare themselves a new country, independent of Great Britain. This lesson examines the motives, the text, and the legacy of America's Declaration of Independence.

British Loyalists vs. American Patriots During the American Revolution

4. British Loyalists vs. American Patriots During the American Revolution

In this lesson, learn about the difficult decisions faced by individuals as the American Revolution erupted. Would you have been a Loyalist or a Patriot? Are you sure about that?

George Washington's Leadership at Trenton, Saratoga & Valley Forge

5. 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.

The Battle of Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris

6. The Battle of Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris

After the unsuccessful Southern Strategy, General Cornwallis pulled his army up to Yorktown, Virginia. A combined effort by the armies and navies of America and France resulted in British surrender and the 1783 Treaty of Paris that recognized the United States of America.

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