Events That Led to The American Revolutionary War

Introduction

                                                                                  Are you a Loyalist or a Patriot?

Now is the time to take a side. Will you remain loyal to your king, King George III, or rise up, become a patriot, and fight for your independence from British rule? Today, you will travel back in time to the end of the French and Indian War (1763). It was a time in history where the British helped the American Colonists fight the French for control over the Ohio Valley River. As a result of the war, Britain's national debt doubled and life as the colonists knew, was about to change. Now is the time for you to explore every event that led up to The American Revolutionary War.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Task

What was life like for the colonists after the British Parliament and King George III decided to tax them in order to repay Britain's war debt?

Over the next several days, your task will be to explore this period of time (1764-1776) through the eyes of both the loyalist and the patriot. You will research online (sites provided on the Process page), then create a Google Slides presentation. Upon completion, you will address the class with your findings. 

                                                                    

Process

Get ready to step back in time and learn what events our country had to endure in order to claim their freedom. For this assignment, you will placed in groups of two. Follow the directions listed below and welcome to 1764!

Section 1:

  • Teacher assigns groups for project 
  • Each student will use a Chromebook
  • Decide, in your group, who will have ownership of this assignment on Google Slides. Then, share the page with your partner.
  • Save your document as American Revolutionary War WebQuest.

Section 2:

Setting up your Google Slides:

  1. Slide 1:

Create a title page with the following:

  • Title of assignment
  • Proper heading for each group member. 

     2.  Slide 2, 3 and 4:

Create a slide for each of the three main taxes placed on the colonists. Include information regarding each tax and how the colonies came together and created the Committees of Correspondence. You may use either pictures and/or video on these slides.

  • Sugar Act
  • Stamp Act
  • Townshend Act

    3.  Slide 5:

Create a slide that thoroughly discusses the events of the Boston Tea Party and how King George III retaliated with the Coercive Acts. Again, include pictures and/or video.

    4.  Slde 6:

Create a debate chart contrasting the thoughts/actions of the Loyalists and Patriots. Use five examples per side.

    5.  Slide 7:

Create a chart of three famous loyalists and three famous patriots. Tell what each person's roll was in The Revolutionary War, their full name, and display a picture of each person.

    6.  Slide 8:

On this slide, each group member will answer the following question: Are you a Loyalist or a Patriot? Give your reasons why. Enjoy!

 

Resources:

Sugar, Stamp, and Townshend Acts:

https://history.state.gov/milestones/1750-1775/parliamentary-taxation

https://www.loc.gov/collections/continental-congress-and-constitutional-convention-from-1774-to-1789/articles-and-essays/timeline/1764-to-1765/

https://www.history.org/history/teaching/tchcrsta.cfm 

Committees of Correspondence :

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Committees-of-Correspondence

http://www.ushistory.org/us/10c.asp

Boston Tea Party:

https://www.history.com/topics/american-revolution/boston-tea-party

https://www.britannica.com/event/Boston-Tea-Party

Coercive Acts:

https://www.britannica.com/event/Intolerable-Acts

http://www.ouramericanrevolution.org/index.cfm/page/view/p0197

Famous loyalists in American Revolution:

https://www.constitutionfacts.com/us-declaration-of-independence/famous-loyalists/

https://www.ducksters.com/history/american_revolution/patriots_and_loyalists.php

http://www.ushistory.org/us/13c.asp

Famous patriots in American Revolution:

http://americanexperience.si.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Loyalists-and-Patriots.pdf

https://guides.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/c.php?g=288395&p=1922291

http://theamericanrevolution.org/people.aspx

 

Evaluation

                        Events That Led up to The American Revolutionary War

                                         WebQuest Google Slides Rubric

Requirements Points Possible          

Group members have created a Google Slides presentation by following the guidelines provided in the WebQuest.

 

             15

The Google Slides presentation thoroughly provides all the details relating to the events that led up to The American Revolutionary War.

 

             20

The background material on each slide is relevant to this assignment. Animation, music, videos, and pictures are present on the slides in order to show understanding of the lesson.

 

            10

The text, font and formatting of each slide enhances the assignment.

 

            10

Students were able to turn in and present assignment on time.

 

              5
Total Possible Points:             60

 

Conclusion

Welcome back to 2019! Now that you have researched and created slides based on events that led up to The Revolutionary War you will:

  • Present your Google Slides to the class.
  • After, classmates may ask questions relating to your presentation.
  • Teacher will use rubric in order to assess your presentation.
  • Students and teacher will have a discussion on the pros and cons of this assignment. We will talk about: what they learned, what it may have been like to be a colonist, and what possible effects war will have on the colonists.