US History 11/27-12/1

TeacherAndrew Wilson
Subject AreaUS History
Grade Level8
Week #15
Unit of InstructionOrganizing Principle 4: Between 1763 and 1777, British attempts to exert control over the colonies led to violent, organized, and successful resistance and revolution.
Standard(s) Taught

SS.8.A.3.1 Explain the consequences of the French and Indian War in British policies for the American colonies from 1763 – 1774.

SS.8.A.3.2 Explain American colonial reaction to British policy from 1763 – 1774.

SS.8.C.1.14 Identify the evolving forms of civic and political participation from the colonial period through Reconstruction.

SS.8.A.3.5 Describe the influence of individuals on social and political developments during the Revolutionary era.

SS.8.A.3.3 Recognize the contributions of the Founding Fathers (John Adams, Sam Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Mason, George Washington) during American Revolutionary efforts.

SS.8.A.3.7 Examine the structure, content, and consequences of the Declaration of Independence.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Monday/Tuesday: Students will be able to explain 3 reasons why colonists supported independence. 

Wednesday: Students will be able identify 3 actions of the 2nd Continental Congress. 

Thursday/Friday:Students will learn how to read a timeline, examine and interpret primary sources and using critical thinking skills write an expository paragraph on the Declaration of Independence’s enduring ideas

Classroom Activities

Monday/Tuesday: Students will graph the flow of events leading from the Boston Tea Party up to the Battle of Bunker Hill. They will also participate in an activity in which they choose and defend a side on the actions of the colonies. 

Wednesday: Students will chart the important delegates and actions of the 2nd Continental Congress. 


Analyzing Primary Sources (by John Locke and George Mason)

Reading a timeline of the creation of the DOI

Graphing the parts of the Declaration of Independence

Rephrasing the DOI

Writing and expository paragraph on the central ideas of the DOI

Assignments Due

Primary Source Analysis 

Paragraph on the ideas behind the DOI

Additional Resources


Loyalist- An American who remained loyal to the King

Patriot – An American who supported American Independence

Minuteman- A militiaman who was ready to fight in a minute