Q2W2: November 9-13

TeacherAndrew Wilson
Subject AreaUS History
Grade Level8
Week #10
Unit of InstructionAmerican Revolution
Standard(s) Taught

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

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

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

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will:

  • Identify the central ideas of the Declaration of Independence
  • Evaluate the intent of the DoI
  • Write their own version of the DoI
  • Debate from the viewpoint of either the Loyalists or Patriots
Classroom Activities

Day 1: 


Notes on the 2nd Continental Congress/DoI

WS on the structure and intent of the DOI

Write the DoI


2nd Continental Congress Notes

Worksheets on the Declaration of Independence: DOI Evaluate

  • In a paragraph answer: Why was the Declaration of Independence written?
  • Have a thesis (claim)
  • At least 3 pieces of supporting evidence



NO School Wednesday

Day 2: 

Students will finish Declaration of the Independence’s.

Debate between Loyalists and Patriots


Research one of the questions on this sheet: Debate Questions

If you are in 1st, 2nd, or 4th Periods, you will be arguing from the perspective of the Loyalists. 

If you are in 6th, 7th, or 8th Periods, you will be arguing from the perspective of the Patriots. 

Use this sheet to organize your research: Colonial Debate Preparation Worksheet

On Canvas “Discussions” tab, respond to at least one of the questions from your side’s perspective and respond to one person’s arguments. 

Road to Independence Test Review

Assignments Due

Declaration of Independence /DoI Paragraph

Choice Board Row 1 due Thu/Fri

Debate Participation 

Additional Resources