Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Causes of the American Revolution, and supports the standard of analyzing the economic, intellectual, and cultural forces that contributed to the war. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display an image of the Boston Tea Party. Ask:

  • What do you think the colonists are doing? Why?  

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the five Related Reading articles. 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 other colonists to join in protest against the British. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map to identify the escalating conflicts between the colonists and the British leading up to the American Revolution. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a comic where one character represents the colonists, and the other represents the British. Create a conversation between them that describes the conflicts that led to the American Revolution from each point of view. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

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

  • How do we still see evidence of the colonists’ ideas and values today? 
  • Do you agree with the colonists’ actions? Why or why not? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Causes of the American Revolution Challenge

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Dive deeper into the American Revolution with more BrainPOP topics, like American Revolution, Regions of the Thirteen Colonies, Declaration of Independence, and Constitutional Convention

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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