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My Lesson Plans for Teaching the American Revolution

 


I thought it might be helpful to share how I plan out my American Revolution unit. I have it lasting 12 class periods (meeting for 55 minutes each day), but the actual length will depend on how long your class periods are, your individual students, and how much time you have to devote to this unit (which, of course, depends on how much of U.S. History you are covering in your semester or year class).

One quick planning tip before I get started: When you are planning, it helps to divide your class into 2 short chunks for 40 minute classes, 2-3 chunks for 55 minute classes, and 2-5 chunks for 90 minute classes. Each chunk represents a different type of activity (bell ringer, notes, group work; video, notes, coloring page; discussion, video, notes; notes, group work, more notes, etc.).

 

Day 1: Road to Revolution

Begin Road to Revolution Notes and go through the French and Indian War
Watch a short video about the French and Indian War. Lastly, have students begin researching one important person from the time period. They'll work on it in class Days 2 & 3.

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Day 2: Road to Revolution

Briefly review the events covered yesterday. Then, continue covering the Road to Revolution Notes through the Stamp Act. Give students time to work on their Biography Pages about an important person from the time period.

 

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Day 3: Road to Revolution

Begin with a short video about something covered yesterday or something being covered today. Then, continue covering the Road to Revolution through Battles of Lexington & Concord. Lastly, give students time to work on their Biography pages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4: Road to Revolution

Begin by drawing a timeline on the board and having students come up and label events that you’ve covered. Finish the Road to Revolution notes. Have students present their Biography Pages.

 

 

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Day 5: Road to Revolution/American Revolution

Take the entire class period to do an American Revolution timeline activity

 

Day 6: Wrap-up Day for Road to Revolution

Finish the Timeline Activity and wrap up other loose ends like finishing Biography Pages and give a Road to Revolution Quiz

 

 

 

 

 

Day 7: Begin the American Revolution 

Begin the American Revolution notes and go through espionage. Then, have student start the American Revolution Map Activity.

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Day 8: American Revolution

Begin by watching a video about something students learned about yesterday or that they’ll be learning about today. Then, cover the American Revolution notes through weapons. Lastly, have students go online and practice labeling the map.



Day 9: American Revolution

Have students brainstorm a list of events that occurred during the American Revolution and write them on the board. Cover the American Revolution notes through the British and Colonial armies and navies and then discuss their differences.


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Day 10: American Revolution

Review what was covered yesterday and then cover the American Revolution notes through the Battle of Saratoga. Have students complete a graphic organizer on one of the American Revolution battles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Day 11: American Revolution

Give students a list of events that occurred before and during the American Revolution and have students put them in order. Then, finish the American Revolution Notes.



Day 12: Review

Play American Revolution Bingo to prepare for a teacher made test


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