Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the Causes of the American Revolution Topic Page. Then use the following prompts to encourage class discussion before, during, and after watching the movie.


  • What do you know about the American Revolution?
  • Who fought in the American Revolution?

During (Pause Points)

Stop at the following times in the movie and ask questions or prompt a discussion to keep students focused and to assess their understanding before moving on:

  • Timecode 1:41: What three decisions did Parliament make in 1764-65 that angered colonists?
  • Timecode 2:14: What actions did colonists take to force the repeal of the Stamp Act?
  • Timecode 3:39: What is the relationship between the Boston Tea Party in 1773 and the Coercive Acts in 1774?  
  • Timecode 4:04: How did the First Continental Congress signal to England that revolution was near?


  • How much of a role did taxation play in the relationship between England and the Colonies?
  • What could England have done, if  anything, to avoid war?

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments