In The American Revolution, students explore the establishment of the thirteen colonies. Students learn about early alliances, the French and Indian War, and causes and provocations of the American Revolution, including British taxes, the Stamp Act, the Boston Massacre, and the Boston Tea Party. Students also learn about major ideas in the Declaration of Independence and about key figures of the Revolution, including George Washington, Crispus Attucks, Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benedict, Arnold, John Paul Jones, and Nathan Hale. Students can additionally explore art and literature representative of the period. The material incorporates a rich array of civics-focused knowledge, questions, and activities. In choosing the specific content to call to teachers’ and students’ attention, we have been guided by the civics test developed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
This unit includes a Student Reader, Timeline Image Cards, and Teacher Guide, providing Guided Reading Supports and the following Additional Activities: map and geography skills exercises; fiction and nonfiction excerpts; domain vocabulary exercises; activities focused on looking at art from the period; a virtual field trip to Valley Forge; and a Unit Assessment.