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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5)
Title: A Revolutionary Dinner Party
Description: Students play the role of colonists from the Revolutionary War period. Each group has decided to host a dinner party for some "famous faces" of the American Revolution. There are FOUR parts to this project: research, seating chart, music and food, and dialogue.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5)
Title: "The Regulars are coming!"
Description: In this lesson, students will review information about Paul Revere and the American Revolution. Students will also determine facts and opinions about the American Revolution.  After viewing primary sources, students will complete a journal entry.


Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Biographical Poetry
Description: Students will work with a partner to write an original poem using information learned about a person involved in the American Revolution. The students will then share the poems by creating a multimedia slide show.


Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Declaration of Independence: Purpose, Explanation, and Grievances of King George III
Description: In this lesson, students will be able to state the main ideas in the Declaration of Independence, and explain their significance. The students will be able to know the purpose of and explain the Declaration of Independence, as well as the grievances toward King George III.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: "Twenty Questions" History Virtual Fieldtrip
Description: During this lesson, students engage in a virtual game of "Twenty Questions" with another class. They will utilize textbooks, trade books, the Alabama Virtual Library, and other Internet sites for reference. Each team (class) will be assigned ten historical figures from the American Revolution. The identities remain hidden from the other team. Students also have the opportunity to investigate the appropriate dress of each figure and then dress ten students accordingly. Students will make a list of important events and dates in the persons’ lives to use as reference during the game.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: From Tyranny to Freedom
Description: During this lesson students will have the opportunity to research famous battles of the American Revolution and document these battles in a timeline, which they will construct. Students will also create a slideshow presentation about the American Revolution to be shared with classmates.


Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Revolutionary War, Research, and Technology
Description: During this social studies lesson, students conduct research on specified topics related to the Revolutionary War. The lesson should be used at the culmination of a unit of study on the American Revolution. Students will use word processing software and the Internet to create summaries of what they have learned during the unit.


Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The American Spy in Me
Description: This is a fun and innovative lesson that will allow students to travel through history in a most unique fashion. Through Internet research and video conferencing students will get a real blast from the past. Students will hold on to their seats as they travel back in history in order to learn about colonial espionage and spy rings. Students will enjoy reenacting history with themselves as the main characters. This lesson will help foster a better understanding of the American Revolution and the sacrifices made by our great patriots.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Revolutionary War Patriots and Loyalists
Description: Students are assigned a prominent man or woman of the American Revolutionary War. The students will write a two-page report, create a poster person, and then present their research to the class in first person.


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Subject: Social Studies,Language Arts
Title: George Washington: The Living Symbol      Add Bookmark
Description: The goals of this lesson, from EDSITEment, are to examine the life and legend of George Washington as reflected in his writings and in popular commemorations of his accomplishments, to investigate his contribution to the legend that has grown up around him, to explore some of the meanings that have been attached to Washington through the course of American history, and to present a statement of findings.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Voices of the American Revolution       Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students are taught how to make informed analyses of primary documents illustrating the diversity of religious, political, social, and economic motives behind competing perspectives on questions of independence and rebellion. Making use of a variety of primary texts, the activities below help students to hear some of the colonial voices that, in the course of time and under the pressure of novel ideas and events, contributed to the American Revolution.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: From the President's Lips: The Concerns that Led to the Sedition (and Alien) Act      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students examine the international situation during John Adams presidency. They focus on the concerns that led to the Sedition Act.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Debate in Congress on the Sedition Act      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students examine the provisions in the U.S. Constitution that are relevant to the debate over the Sedition Act. They explore the arguments offered in Congress for and against the Sedition Act.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: George Washington on the Sedition Act      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students examine the arguments used by George Washington in support of the Sedition Act. They focus on the role of partisan politics in the creation of and/or controversy over the Sedition Act.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader? Leadership in Victory: One Last Measure of the Man      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students study General Washington's response to the Newburgh Conspiracy of 1783, an invitation from senior Continental Army officers for Washington to lead a military dictatorship. Students then reflect on what this incident reveals about Washington's leadership qualities.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader? Leadership in Victory and Defeat      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students evaluate the military leadership of General Washington by studying four significant battles of the Revolutionary War. They then discuss how Washington responded to the difficulties he faced as the leader of the Continental Army.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader? Powers and Problems      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students study General Washington's handling of the problems he faced as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. They then discuss how Washington's responses demonstrate the qualities that make him an effective general.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader? What Are the Qualities of a Good Military Leader?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students study General Washington's early military career and consider what qualities made George Washington an effective military leader. They explore how the responsibilities of the Commander-in-Chief were affected by conditions during the Revolutionary War.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader?       Add Bookmark
Description: This unit of four lessons, from EDSITEment, introduces activities in which students read the Continental Congress's resolutions granting powers to General Washington; analyze some of Washington's wartime orders, dispatches, and correspondence in terms of the characteristics of a good general; and study four battles by referring to primary source materials. In the final lesson in the unit, students examine Washington's words in response to a proposal that he become the head of a military dictatorship.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts - Literature - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: One If By Land, and Two If By Sea!      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces students to various places associated with the American Revolutionary War. Students use historical and current maps of the Boston area to trace Paul Revere's route and learn about the region and the conflict.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Declare the Causes: The Declaration of Independence      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of eight lessons, from EDSITEment, the propensity to complain is used to increase student awareness of the precedents behind the Declaration of Independence. After completing this unit, students will be able to describe and list the sections of the Declaration of Independence and explain the basic purpose of each. They will also be able to give an example of a document that served as a precedent for the Declaration, list and explain one or more of the colonists complaints included in the Declaration, and demonstrate an awareness of the Declaration of Independence as a historical process developed in protest of unfair conditions.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Educational Technology,Social Studies
Title: More Amazing Americans: A WebQuest      Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students use the Meet Amazing Americans Web site created by the Library of Congress to explore the lives of some celebrated Americans. Working in small groups, they complete a WebQuest, identifying facts and locating different types of information in order to determine the criteria used for selecting these Amazing Americans. In addition, they nominate their own candidates for the title of Amazing American, using additional Web sites to create a profile of their nominee.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Learning About Research and Writing Using the American Revolution      Add Bookmark
Description: Students across the board will get a kick out of researching a historical figure from the American Revolution to create an acrostic poem.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Today is Benjamin Franklin's birthday.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students discuss Benjamin Franklin's contributions to postal history, investigate the roles of the Postmaster General, and write letters to their classmates using the Letter Generator.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6



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