Lesson Plan : The American Revolution: Causes

Teacher Name:
 Eric Bell
 Grade 7-8
 Social Studies

 The Causes of the American Revolution
 The student will understand the causes of the American Revolution, the ideas and interests involved in shaping the revolutionary movement, and the reasons for the American victory. tax, duties, militia, treason, minuteman, debt, siege, ragamuffin, loyalist, redoubt, seditious
 Students will gain further understanding of the causes of the Revolutionary War thru protest poetry and songs. Students will further develop their critical thinking skills by performing and analyzing old literature.
 Students will understand the following: 1. Taxation of the American colonists by the British led to the revolution. 2. Have a knowledge that all eras have protest poetry or songs. 3. We can perform and analyze old literature.
 Text of the poem "Revolutionary Tea:
 Students will be given the historical background on the Boston Tea Party--especially, an understanding of the tax on the tea exported to the colonies.
 Students will listen to the poem "Revolutionary Tea" on tape.
 Students will be divided into small groups and read the poem silently and then aloud.
 Lower level students will draw a picture of their interpretation of the Boston Tea Party. Higher level students are to locate more poems or songs written by rebellinjg colonists.
Checking For Understanding:
 After each group performs, we will begin a whole class discussion of the poem.
 Make sure students realize that the poem is biased from the colonist point of view.
 Evaluate the oral presentations using a three-point rubric..

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