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Ch 5: The American Revolution Lesson Plans

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Present American Revolution topics in different and engaging ways by utilizing our lesson plans in your classroom. The lessons in this chapter offer tips and tools for challenging your students and helping them learn and retain information about this important era in U.S. history.

The American Revolution Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Providing more details about specific events of the American Revolution could help bring this historical period to life for your students. By employing our lesson plans, you can help students learn key terms, participate in classroom activities and delve into more detailed discussions. With this teacher resource, you can more effectively teach students about:

  • The Boston Massacre
  • Thomas Paine
  • Paul Revere and the Midnight Ride
  • The battles of Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill
  • Important documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the Federalist Papers
  • The Whiskey and Shays' Rebellions
  • The Constitutional Convention
  • Many other topics covering noted figures, specific battles and key terms!

Each lesson also offers suggestions for related lessons so your class can continue their study of American Revolution topics.

How It Helps

  • Expands presentation of material : Uses videos that you can stop and start to focus on key events and details that might not be addressed in standard lesson plans.
  • Offers different instructional options: You might assign activities to students who benefit most from this option and continue with instruction for those who learn best with traditional methods.
  • Enhances classroom and homework studies: Group activities and research projects help students to better learn and understand about the American Revolution.

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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to making planning American Revolution lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific American Revolution topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your American history class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related American Revolution lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important American Revolution events from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant history-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

38 Lessons in Chapter 5: The American Revolution Lesson Plans
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Boston Massacre: Colonists and the Declaratory and Townshend Acts

1. Boston Massacre: Colonists and the Declaratory and Townshend Acts

After overturning the hated Stamp Act, Parliament asserted its right to tax the colonists without representation by passing the Declaratory Act. When the Townshend Acts imposed import duties, the colonists went into action again. An escalating cycle of violence ended with the Boston Massacre, resulting in the cancellation of all duties except the one on tea.

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 American Enlightenment Lesson Plan

3. The American Enlightenment Lesson Plan

Help students understand the American Enlightenment with this lesson plan. Students will watch a video lesson reviewing the Dark Ages and explaining aspects of the American Enlightenment. Discussion questions, a quiz and activity are included.

The American Enlightenment: Intellectual and Social Revolution

4. The American Enlightenment: Intellectual and Social Revolution

For a thousand years, Europe had been living in the Dark Ages until a series of philosophical, religious and scientific movements helped turn on the lights. The Enlightenment began in Europe, but quickly spread throughout America in the 1700s and helped set the stage for a revolution against British rule.

American Revolution Lesson Plan

5. American Revolution Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan and other materials from Study.com, you'll have everything you need to teach your students about the opening days of the American Revolution, from the battles of Lexington to Bunker Hill.

Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill: The American Revolution Begins

6. 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 Declaration of Independence: Summary & Analysis

7. The Declaration of Independence: Summary & Analysis

The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in U.S. History and led to the country's independence from Great Britain. In this lesson, we will review the main components of this important document.

American Revolution Essay Questions & Topics

8. American Revolution Essay Questions & Topics

Students can never do too many essays on the American Revolution. It helps reinforce knowledge, and gives them practice with historical writing. Check out these ideas for essay questions and topics.

American Revolution Activities & Games

9. American Revolution Activities & Games

The American Revolution can be taught through a variety of games and activities. This is a great way to keep your students engaged and interested. This lesson provides several ideas for you to try in your classroom.

American Revolution Project Ideas

10. American Revolution Project Ideas

How much do your students know about the American Revolution? Students should understand that this was a critical period in our country's history. These project ideas are designed to reinforce instruction with memorable content.

Molly Pitcher Lesson Plan

11. Molly Pitcher Lesson Plan

Who in the world was Molly Pitcher? Was she a real person or a legend? In this lesson plan, you will find a text lesson to explain and an activity that gives students a chance to demonstrate what they've learned.

Molly Pitcher Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography

12. Molly Pitcher Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography

In this lesson, you will learn about the tale of Molly Pitcher, a woman who fought during the Revolutionary War, and the two possible women who might have inspired the name.

Benedict Arnold Lesson Plan

13. Benedict Arnold Lesson Plan

Are you teaching your students about the Revolutionary War? Use this lesson plan to zoom your focus in on Benedict Arnold. Students will read a nonfiction text about his life before and after the war as well as his role as a traitor. Finish up with an application activity.

Who Was Benedict Arnold? - Biography, Facts, & Timeline

14. Who Was Benedict Arnold? - Biography, Facts, & Timeline

Today, his name is synonymous with 'traitor,' but his reasons for defecting to the British are more complex. This lesson will explore the life of Benedict Arnold, with emphasis on his role in the Revolutionary War and his reasons for turning to the enemy.

Betsy Ross Lesson Plan

15. Betsy Ross Lesson Plan

Want to teach your students about Betsy Ross? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to guide students through the mechanics of reading biographies. They'll identify key points, ask and answer questions, then apply learning to a fun activity.

Betsy Ross Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

16. Betsy Ross Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

Betsy Ross has been credited with making the first American flag, does this story agree with the historical facts? Let's take a closer look at Betsy, her life, and her connection to the creation of the American flag.

Boston Massacre Propaganda Lesson Plan

17. Boston Massacre Propaganda Lesson Plan

What role did propaganda play in the Boston Massacre? This lesson plan uses an informative text lesson to explain this to students. An activity highlights the realities of propaganda at this point in our nation's history.

Boston Massacre Propaganda: Examples & Posters

18. Boston Massacre Propaganda: Examples & Posters

The Boston Massacre is one of the most famous events in American history, but why? In this lesson, we'll look at the propaganda surrounding the event and see how it impacted American national memory.

American Revolution Propaganda Lesson Plan

19. American Revolution Propaganda Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will give you several activities, a quiz, and discussion topics that will help students better appreciate American propaganda around the time of the Revolutionary War.

American Revolution Propaganda: Examples & Posters

20. American Revolution Propaganda: Examples & Posters

In this lesson, we will explore symbols and messages in American Revolutionary propaganda. We will look at paintings and posters by Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere. Then, we will discover symbols meant to unite the American colonists behind the cause of independence.

Liberty Bell Lesson Plan for Elementary School

21. Liberty Bell Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What is the Liberty Bell and how does it factor into America's history? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline the history of the Liberty Bell for the class. An activity gives students a hands-on connection to the Liberty Bell.

Liberty Bell Facts: Lesson for Kids

22. Liberty Bell Facts: Lesson for Kids

This lesson talks about the Liberty Bell, which was originally called the State House Bell. Find out what words make the bell a symbol in the United States and how they have been used throughout American history.

US Independence Day Lesson Plan for Elementary School

23. US Independence Day Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What is Independence Day and why is it celebrated in America? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline the history and significance of Independence Day. An activity gives students a chance to show their patriotism.

4th of July Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

24. 4th of July Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

Have you ever had a 4th of July celebration? This lesson will teach you about the 4th of July, also known as Independence Day. It discusses how Independence Day came to be a national holiday and explores early celebrations of the 4th of July.

Boston Massacre Lesson Plan for Elementary School

25. Boston Massacre Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teaching about why the Boston Massacre was crucial to US History can become easy with this lesson plan. Your students will read and discuss text lessons, create crossword puzzles, and take a quiz.

American Revolution Lesson Plan for Elementary School

26. American Revolution Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Do your students know how America gained freedom from England's rule? This lesson plan summarizes the American Revolution for students using a fact-based text lesson. An activity connects students with the experience of the colonists.

Treaty of Paris Lesson Plan

27. Treaty of Paris Lesson Plan

There are many steps that led to the US becoming its own country. Your students will learn more about the Treaty of Paris as they watch an entertaining video, create timelines, and take a quiz.

Treaty of Paris Lesson Plan for Elementary School

28. Treaty of Paris Lesson Plan for Elementary School

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.

Causes of the American Revolution Lesson Plan

29. Causes of the American Revolution Lesson Plan

Teachers may use this lesson plan to teach students about the causes of the American Revolution. Students will create a timeline of events that led to colonial rebellion.

African Americans in the Revolutionary War Lesson Plan

30. African Americans in the Revolutionary War Lesson Plan

This lesson will help your students understand the role that African Americans played in the Revolutionary War. Students will read a text lesson and then participate in group activities that will help them find out more.

Women in the American Revolution Lesson Plan

31. Women in the American Revolution Lesson Plan

Students may know about the Patriots and the British, but they might not know about women's roles working as cooks, nurses, and more during the American Revolution. Students will play a game and write a journal entry with their new knowledge.

John Paul Jones & Naval Battles Lesson Plan

32. John Paul Jones & Naval Battles Lesson Plan

Educate your students about John Paul Jones with this lesson plan. They will view a video about the naval legend, take an accompanying quiz, and participate in a role-play activity to reinforce key learning.

Effects of the American Revolution Lesson Plan

33. Effects of the American Revolution Lesson Plan

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.

Boston Massacre Lesson Plan

34. Boston Massacre Lesson Plan

Open your students' eyes to the realities of taxation and how abuse of this process led to the Boston Massacre. A video lesson provides the narrative and newspaper articles of the time to enable students to analyze public opinion.

Common Sense Lesson Plan

35. Common Sense Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan and activity, you'll have everything you need to help your students better understand the role that Thomas Paine played in persuading the United States to declare independence.

Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan

36. Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com video lesson to teach your students about the events leading to the creation of the Declaration of Independence. Then dive into the five sections of the document, finding the main ideas in each and analyzing historical language.

Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan for Middle School

37. Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan for Middle School

The Declaration of Independence was a document by which American colonists declared their independence from Great Britain. This lesson plan helps students explore this important document.

Yankee Doodle Lesson Plan

38. Yankee Doodle Lesson Plan

''Yankee Doodle'' is a popular song known to Americans of all ages. In this lesson plan, students will learn the meaning of and the history behind the song. They will also compose lyrics to their own ''Yankee Doodle'' song.

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