This unit takes students through the major battles of the Revolutionary War. Students will experience the revolution through a soldier’s eyes as they learn about each battle of the war and the major events of the war, choose the soldier’s “fate” and then practice their creative writing by discussing the experience. Students will also investigate the lives of everyday people who became heroes through the wartime experience. As a culminating assessment, teachers can have students develop their own movie plot line about the story of a real Revolutionary hero. I sought to make sure that this unit covers both the political and social history of the era.
Topics Include – The Battle of Lexington and Concord | The Battle of Bunker Hill | The Olive Branch Petition | The Declaration of Independence | The Battle of Long Island | The Battle of Trenton | The Battle of Saratoga | Valley Forge | Diseases of the War | Baron Von Steuben | The Battle of Yorktown | The Treaty of Paris – 1783
The lesson is linked to the NYS Social Studies Framework, but you could easily cut and paste in your own standards for your state.
7.3b.5 – Students will examine the events at Lexington and Concord as the triggering events for the Revolutionary War.
7.3c.1 – Students will examine the influence Enlightenment ideas such as natural rights and social contract and ideas expressed in Thomas Paine’s Common Sense had on colonial leaders in their debates on independence.
7.3c.2 – Students will examine the Declaration of Independence and the arguments for independence stated within it.
7.3d.1 – Students will explore the different military strategies used by the Americans and their allies, including various Native American groups, during the American Revolution.
7.3d.2 – Students will examine the strategic importance of the New York colony. Students will examine the American victory at the Battle of Saratoga in terms of its effects on American and British morale and on European views on American prospects for victory in the Revolution.
7.3d.3 – Students will examine the terms of the Treaty of Paris, determine what boundary was set for the United States, and illustrate this on a map.
Everything you need is included with this purchase! Just print and teach! (You do have to add in some videos, but that takes about ten minutes.)
All of these lessons are included with this Unit Bundle, along with a Unit outline map for lesson planning! The lesson is linked to NYS Social Studies Standards, but you could easily cut and paste in your own standards for your state.
This zip file includes a PowerPoint version (for most products and fully editable), a Google Slides version, and a PDF version.