Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic American Revolution, and supports the standard of analyzing the war’s revolutionary battle outcomes and the contributions of important figures. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of  projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display an image representing the American Revolution, like the painting shown below:

Ask students:

  • What do you notice about the people in this image?
  • Who do you recognize? Why might they be important in American history?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read the description on the American Revolution topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Famous Faces” or “Politics”. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about the American Revolution while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a commercial persuading colonists to join the Continental Army. Be sure to include facts to support the benefits of joining George Washington’s troops. (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Make-a-Map: Identify the timeline of events that led to the end of the American Revolution. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Creative Coding: Code a newscast about a key turning point in the American Revolutionary War, such as the Crossing of the Delaware River or the Battle of Saratoga.  (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the American Revolution Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the American Revolution Quiz.

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Time Zone X: American Revolution: This interactive timeline game challenges players to put historical events in chronological order.

Mission US: For Crown or Colony: In this game, players immerse themselves in the political tension of 1770 Boston.

U.S. History Unit: Continue to build understanding around American history with more BrainPOP topics.

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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