The Events Leading Up to War
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.
Learn about the events between the colonies and England that led to the first shots in the Revolutionary War.
- Students will identify the sources of dissatisfaction that led to the American Revolution (e.g., smuggling, taxation without representation, Intolerable Acts, Stamp Act, Boston Tea Party, and Boston Massacre).
- Students will know the significance of the first and second Continental Congresses and of the Committees of Correspondence.
- Students will know significant events between 1756 and 1776 that led to the outbreak of the American Revolution.
- Extra! Extra! Have students pretend to be newspaper reporters during Colonial Times. Have each student cover an event that led up to the Revolutionary War. Encourage them to remember the five W’s of reporting: Who, What, Where, When, Why and How? Remind students to be true to the time period in their writing style. As a class, compile the articles and create your own newspaper.
- War games. Have students work in small groups to create a board game to help learn about the causes of the Revolutionary War. Encourage students to think about the games they like to play and apply the same concepts to their games. Once the games are complete, have groups trade games with each other to test them out.
- Colonists under British Rule
- French and Indian War
- The British Assert Control
- Colonists Rebel
- The British Respond
- The Committees of Correspondence
- The Continental Congress