Directions to Students:
After researching both sides of the issue, you will write a paper trying to persuade someone from the other point of view to support your position.
1) From the list of possible stakeholders, choose at least 3 to research making sure you have chosen 1 from each side.
2) Collect and summarize background information on the 3 you selected (make sure you document your sources!)
3) Complete the graphic organizer.
4) Explain how the issue is related to both the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
5) Make an informed decision about the issue and support your decision with convincing reasons.
6) Write a rough draft of my persuasive position paper, state your position in the introduction of your paper. Include at least 2 accurate reasons supporting your decision. In your conclusion reflect about the constitutional rights and responsibilities of citizenship, revise and edit your work to make it easier for others to read.
7) Use the student check list and rubric to make sure you have completed expectations.
8) Write a final copy of your persuasive position paper.
In favor of independence
Loyalty to Great Britain
- British Soldiers
- Native Americans
- Population of Great Britain
- Should the colonies declare independence from Great Britain?
Do you need additional information? Use these words and phrases to search Proquest Magazine Index, E-Library, OPAC, print encyclopedias, the World Wide Web, or an elibrary:
- American Revolution
- Revolutionary War
- War of Independence
- Thirteen Colonies
- Boston Tea Party
- Slaves and the Revolution
- Stamp Act
- Townshend Act
- Battle of Lexington
- Battle of Concord
- George Washington, Paul Revere, or names of other important people of the time
- Declaration of Independence
- Parliament and the Revolution
- Hessians and the Revolution
- Loyalists & Patriots
- Native Americans and the revolution
The Rochambeau Map Collection contains maps used by Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur (1725-1807), when he was commander in chief of the French expeditionary army (1780-82) during the American Revolution. The maps show Revolutionary-era military actions and early state maps from the 1790s.The collection consists of 40 manuscript and 26 printed maps, and a manuscript atlas, the originals of which are in the Library of Congress' Geography and Map Division.
Liberty! the American Revolution
This PBS website contains information on key events, time lines, and links to primary sources. Designed to complement the popular PBS series by the same name, users do not need to see the series to find this site useful.
This site includes primary and secondary sources including images and documents. The above image comes from this site. Note: The address given is for images. Click here to go to the home page and search for additional documents including the Declaration of Independence.
- Spy Letters of the American Revolution
- Conflict and Revolution ()
- Pictures of the War
- American Revolution Home Page
- Liberty!- The American Revolution An companion to the PBS documentary of the American Revolution. Click on "Chronicles of History" to get lots of information.
- American Revolution Multiple links to Revolutionary War web sites arranged by people, places and events.
- American Revolution An extensive list of links to events, people, and places important to the American Revolution.
- The American Revolution: A Site for Kids Connect to biographies, historical sites, documents, events, maps and a of the Revolutionary War at this site, or check for individual links to the pages under each main topic. Don't miss the game section to check out your knowledge of the times.
- Birth of a Nation - People, place, events and.
- Revolutionary Period (1764-1789) Library of Congress Website. Be sure to scroll down the page to find lots of links to important events.
- The History Place - Conflict and Revolution 1775-76
- History Central
- Revolutionary War Links Links to other great sites including a time line of events.
- Slaves and the Revolution
- Slaves and the Revolution
- Native Americans in the Revolution
- US History
- A Journey Towards Freedom
- Great overall site
- Great site
Theme 3 in Houghton Mifflin reading 5th grade series
Scholastic Professional Books - Read - Loud Plays
Revolutionary War by Dallas Murphy
American History: Road to Revolution (56:09)
Follow the route of revolutionaries as Assignment Discovery explores the conditions and causes of the American Revolution. Exploring events from the Boston Massacre to Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, students will gain a deep understanding of the struggle to gain independence and the values of American democracy.
Grade 9 - 12 ©2006 Discovery Channel School
Countdown to Independence: Causes of the American Revolution (20:00)
Taxation without representation emerged as the central issue of conflict between the colonies and Great Britain. Full motion footage accompanied by stills of historical events and dramatized narration shows how this issue led to actual conflict. The Boston Tea Party, the Quartering Acts, the Boston Massacre and the Intolerable Acts contributed to the American Revolution, a revolution that signaled the birth of the first new nation in modern history, and became a sign of hope for our country and for people throughout the world seeking freedom. Grade 6 - 8 ©1993 Rainbow Educational Media
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Events Leading Up to War, The: The Revolutionary War Series (22:00)
What were the key events that brought a divided people together to stand and fight as one? In this engaging production your students will learn about the French and Indian War, Stamp Act, Intolerable Acts, Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, and battles at Lexington and Concord. They will come to know the important actions of men like Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Paul Revere. Your students will gain a firm understanding of why America went to war with Great Britain and what motivated the Patriots to form their own country.
Grade 6 - 8 ©2004 100% Educational Videos
Seeds of Liberty: Causes of the American Revolution (22:00)
Full motion footage accompanied by stills of historical events combined with dramatized narration explain the growing unrest between America and Great Britain in the pre-revolutionary period. America comprised a great diversity of people working to build a successful nation. England began to impose more and more of its trade policies and high taxes. Led by strong outspoken leaders, the people of the colonies began to show their resentment toward Britain's interference. This conflict would be the basis for the battle that ensued. Grade 6 - 8 ©1993 Rainbow Educational Media
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- TLC Elementary School: We the People: A History (23:17)
Explore the history of democracy and the creation of American government. Students learn about the foundations of democracy and the creation of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
If you want to browse the shelves in the library to locate information about the American Revolution, look for these numbers:
- 973.3 - American Revolution and Confederation 1775 -1789
- 974 - Northeastern United States
- 921 - Individual Biography
Anderson, Dale. Causes of the American Revolution. 2006. Presents the causes of the American Revolution using quotes and biographical focus boxes.
Beller, Susan Provost. Yankee Doodle and the Redcoats : Soldiering in the Revolutionary War. 2003. Using excerpts from diaries, letters, newspaper articles, and other primary sources, tells of the everyday lives of the soldiers who fought the Revolutionary War, for both the British and for the colonies.
Bober, Natalie. Countdown to independence: a revolution of ideas in England and her American colonies, 1760-1776. 2001. Examines the people and events both in the American colonies and in Great Britain between 1760 and 1776 that led to the American Revolution.
Erdosh, George. Food and recipes of the Revolutionary War. 1997. Describes the kinds of foods commonly consumed by colonists, including soldiers, during the time of the American Revolutionary War. Includes recipes. Lexile: 780
Fradin, Dennis B. Let it begin here! : Lexington & Concord: first battles of the American Revolution. 2005. Presents a short history of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and describes how the rebel leaders were warned of the approaching British and the standoff between seventy Lexington militiamen and two hundred fifty British regulars.
Fritz, Jean. Can't you make them behave, King George? 1977. A biography of George the Third, King of Great Britain at the time of the American Revolution. Lexile: 800
Fritz, Jean. Traitor, the case of Benedict Arnold. 1997. A study of the life and character of the brilliant Revolutionary War general who deserted to the British for money. Lexile: 1020
George, Lynn. A time line of the American Revolution. 2003. A discussion of the American Revolution which takes a chronological approach, focusing on the development and use of a time line.
Kroll, Steven. The Boston Tea Party. 1998. Describes the events preceding, during, and following the event which helped precipitate the American Revolutionary War. Lexile: 810
Moore, Kim. If you lived at the time of the American Revolution. Discusses the different aspects of the American Revolution; includes information about what started the Revolution, who fought in it, what a Loyalist was, and other related topics. Lexile: 860
Penner, Lucille. Liberty! How the Revolutionary War Began. 2002. Originally published as: The liberty tree : the beginning of the American Revolution, 1998.;Includes index. Color illustrations fill this history of the events leading to the Revolutionary War, which describes such aspects as the Stamp Act, the Boston Massacre, and the "shot heard 'round the world." Lexile 780
Stein, R. Conrad. The Boston Tea Party. 1996. Describes the events preceding, during, and following this noted event, which helped precipitate the American Revolutionary War. Lexile: 910
Avi. The fighting ground. 1984. Thirteen-year-old Jonathan goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and discovers the real war is being fought within himself. Lexile: 580
Borden, Louise. Sleds on Boston Common : a story from the American Revolution. Henry complains to the royal governor, General Gage, after his plan to sled down the steep hill at Boston Common is thwarted by the masses of British troops camped there. Lexile: 640
Denenberg, Barry. The Journal of William Thomas Emerson A Revolutionary War Patriot. 1998. William, a twelve-year-old orphan, writes of his experiences in pre-Revolutionary War Boston where he joins the cause of the patriots who are opposed to the British rule. Lexile: 950
Forbes, Esther. Johnny Tremain : a novel for old & young. 1943. After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution. Lexile: 840
Gregory, Kristiana. Five smooth stones. 2001. In her diary, a young girl writes about her life and the events surrounding the beginning of the American Revolution in Philadelphia in 1776. Lexile: 640
Gregory, Kristiana. The winter of red snow : the Revolutionary War diary of Abigail Jane Stewart. 1996. Eleven-year-old Abigail presents a diary account of life in Valley Forge from December 1777 to July 1778 as General Washington prepares his troops to fight the British. Lexile: 870
O'Dell, Scott. Sarah Bishop. 1980. Left alone after the deaths of her father and brother who took opposite sides in the War for Independence, and fleeing from the British who seek to arrest her, Sarah struggles to shape a new life for herself in the wilderness. Lexile: 760
Reit, Seymour. Guns for General Washington : a story of the American Revolution. 2001. In the bitter winter of 1775-76, Colonel Henry Knox and his younger brother Will, both of the Continental Army, become frustrated with the British blockade of Boston and decide to attempt to move 183 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga, over 300 miles of mountainous wilderness, to defend the besieged city. Lexile: 900
Roop, Peter. An eye for an eye. 2000. At the dawn of the Revolutionary War, Samantha Byrd must decide whether or not to seek revenge and join the troops in fighting.
Social Studies Skills 1.1.1f: Create a product that demonstrates understanding of information and responds to central questions; present product to a meaningful audience.
5.1.1: Understands the purpose of documents and the concepts used in them.
5.1.2: Evaluates the relevance of facts used in forming a position on an issue or event.
5.2.1: Understands how essintial questions define the significance of researching an issue or event.
5.3.1: Engages others in discussions that attempt to clarify and address multiple viewpoints on public issues based on dey ideals.
5.4.1: Researches multiple perspectives to take a position on a public or historic issue in paper or presentation.
5.4.2: Prepares a list of resources, including the title, author and type of source, and arranges the sources alphabetically.
History 1.1.1b: Identify and analyze relationships between historical events.
4.1.2: Understands how the following themes and developments help to define eras in U.S. history from time immemorial to 1791.
- Development of indigenous societies in North America.
- Encounter, colonization and devastation.
- Revolution and the Constitution.
4.2.2: Analysis how people from various cultures and groups have shaped the history of the United States.
4.4.1: Understands that significant historical events in the United States have implications for current decisions and influence the future.
Civics 3.2.1a: Provide examples of conflict, cooperation and interdependence among individuals, groups, and nations.
Economics 1.1.1a: Recognize that wants exceeding available resources implies alternative uses of the resources and forces individuals into making choices. Every choice has an associated opportunity cost in both a personal and community context.
2.1.1: Analyzes the costs and benefits of decisions colonists made to meet their needs.
2.2.2: Understands how trade affected the economy of the thirteen colonies.
2.3.1: Understands the impact the British Government on the economy of the thirteen colonies.
Geography 3.1.1: Constructs and uses maps to show and analyze information about the colonies.
3.1.2: Understands the physical and cultural characteristics of the thirteen colonies.
3.1.3: Understands and analyzes the impact of the European colonists' movement to the Americas on the land and the indigenous peoples.
Design and information modeled from Trish Henry Mead School District