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 creative 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: APPLY 

Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • 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.
  • Make-a-Map: Identify the timeline of events that led to the end of the American Revolution. 
  • 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. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about the American Revolution. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How was the colonial army different from the British Army?
  • How did Thomas Paine’s 1776 pamphlet Common Sense impact colonists’ perspective on the British government?
  • What factors led to the colonists’ military successes?
  • How might the outcome of the American Revolution have been different if the colonists didn’t have the support of foreign alliances? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the American Revolution Challenge

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Play a learning game to apply knowledge of the American Revolution:

Continue to build understanding around significant historical events with BrainPOP’s U.S. History topics, games, and teacher resources.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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