Hi, I teach 8th grade social studies and will finish with causes of the American Revolution next week. My question to all of you is.. How do you teach the Revolution? I will be without computers that week and am looking for some inspiration. By the way, a great source for causes of the AR is Mission US: For Crown or Colony? It really works well if you have access to computers and the kids have had fun learning.
One PBL way to do it is to pose the question- Should the American Revolution be taught the same way in the UK as it is in the US? See where that takes you. It should be compelling enough to drive authentic inquiry. I also like to share a pretend letter from my younger sister where she runs away from home and states her reasons. it is an analogy to the reasons expressed by colonists. I have some other stuff to share if you want more. Last year I did tie it in to the Arab Spring.
I know this is old and you have probably taught it but I thought I would lend my suggestions. We used the Mission US game last year (we had students create game resource sites for elementary students in the district, that included background history, game reviews, tips and cheats, they loved it). You can compare the Revolution to current revolutions and analyze them in the context of history. You can pose a "what if" scenario....what if our current "colonies" Puerto Rico, Guam, etc...decided that they wanted to revolt...
Thanks Regina! We used the Mission US game as well. I like the idea of having students creating game resource sites for the younger kids.
I love the "what if" idea, especially with Puerto Rico.
If you are looking for an activity without computer, you could have them create a poster or broadside if you will of reasons to join the fight for independence. Or, another option (for non-artistic which would be me), a letter to the editor for joining the fight for independence or not. I've linked it to Mission US by using Benjamin Edes (sp?) as the editor to which we write.
My new book Motorcycles, Planes, & Revolution would make a good addition to K8-12 studies of the Revolutionary War. The book is about a common man named Noah Pratt who built homes and furniture just outside Boston in the 1770s. Given time and place, Noah also served as a Minuteman in the early battles of the Revolution surrounding Boston.
The book explores the life and times, the early battles of the Revolution, and focuses on the meaning of freedom and why it is so important for all of us to be informed voters.
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