US History 12/4-12/8

TeacherAndrew Wilson
Subject AreaUS History
Grade Level8
Week #16
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.3.5 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.3.15 Examine this time period (1763-1815) from the perspective of historically under-represented groups (children, indentured servants, Native Americans, slaves, women, working class).

SS.8.A.3.6 Examine the causes, course, and consequences of the American Revolution.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will identify 6 challenges faced by Continental soldiers.

Students will write a letter describing the challenges faced by Continental soldiers. 

Students will research and present one of the Founding Fathers. 

Classroom Activities


Students will learn and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both sides of the Revolutionary War. 

Students will then work with a partner to read primary and secondary sources that describe challenges faced by soldiers in the Revolutionary War. Using these challenges, students will then write letters from the perspective of a soldier who experiencing these problems. 

Wednesday: Students will finish their letters. Class discussion on the challenges faced at home. 

Thursday/Friday: Students will research and present interesting facts and contributions of on e of the Founding Fathers. They will also write a small dialogue that might have been said in which the person’s beliefs are described. 

Assignments Due

Challenges of a Continental Soldier Chart/Letter

Founding Father Research/Presentation. 

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

Mercenary- a soldier who fights for money

Inflation- when it takes more and more money to buy the same amount of goods