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Events and Causes Leading to the American Revolution 1607-1776

Pixton Lesson Plan on Events and Causes Leading to the American Revolution 1607-1776

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  • Timeline
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Pixton Lesson Plan on Events and Causes Leading to the American Revolution 1607-1776

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Events and Causes Leading to the American Revolution 1607-1776

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Research, review or discuss the events and causes of the American Revolution from the below activities.

Opening Discussion

Create a KW(H)L chart for the American Revolution:

  • What do you already know about the American Revolution?
  • What do you want to know about the American Revolution?
  • How could you learn more?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Mind Map or Timeline
    Late Timeline of Events 1765 - 1776

    Complete after class discussion or reading.

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  • Make a Mind Map or Timeline
    Early Timeline of Events 1607 - 1682

    Complete after class reading or discussion.

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  • Make a Mind Map or Timeline
    Mid-Timeline of Events 1688 - 1763

    Complete after class reading or discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Character Map for one or more important historical figures from the American Revolution.

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Research one major event leading up to the American Revolution and report your findings on a Poster.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Add to your KW(H)L chart for the American Revolution:

  • What did you learn about the American Revolution?
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned?
  • What was the most surprising or unexpected thing you learn?
  • How does this relate to other events, ideas or people you learned about in history?
    • What would you still like to know about the American Revolution?
  • How could you learn more?
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Pixton Activity: Events and Causes Leading to the American Revolution 1607-1776 1 Late Timeline of Events 1765 - 1776

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  • Mind Map
  • Timeline

Intro

Review the Events and Causes of the American Revolution (1765 - 1776):

  • The Stamp Act 1765 - The first direct tax imposed on the British colonies in North America. It taxed printed material including newspapers, magazines, legal documents, insurance policies. The tax financed the British troops in the colonies and reduced the British debt after the French and Indian Wars. The colonists were outraged because they had no representation or benefit from the tax.
  • The Boston Massacre - In 1770, a group of nine British soldiers opened fire on a crowd of colonists, killing five and wounding six men. This further increased anti-British sentiment in the colonies.
  • Boston Tea Party - On December 16, 1773, about 70 men, boarded three British ships and threw their tea cargo into the Boston Harbor to protest the Tea Act that gave the British East India Company monopoly on tea sales in the colonies.
  • Intolerable Acts - In response to the Boston Tea Party, the British passed a series of laws that closed the Boston harbor for all shipping until the city would pay for the destroyed tea cargo, limited political authority of the colonists, made legal persecution of British officials more difficult and extended the boundaries of Canada into lands claimed by the American colonists. These "Intolerable Acts" made Americans more eager to gain liberty from Britain.
  • First Continental Congress - On September 5, 1774, delegates from 12 colonies met at the First Continental Congress to discuss how to react to the Intolerable Acts. They decided to boycott British goods and ban the export of American goods to Britain. They also called for the Second Continental Congress to be held if their protest would not achieve the desired effect.
  • Battles of Lexington and Concord - On April 18, 1775, the British governor of Massachusetts sent hundreds of British troops to take the Concord colonists’ military stores. Local militiamen gathered at Lexington to prevent the British plan. The British passed but militia in Concord defeated them.
  • Declaration of Independence - On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence (drafted by Thomas Jefferson) to formally declare the 13 colonies as independent. Since Britain refused to acknowledge their independence, war ensued.

Instructions

Create a Timeline or Mind Map that summarizes the main events leading to the American Revolution:

  • Identify the event in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the event.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Example Timeline

American Revolution Cause 1765 - 1776 by Student

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Pixton Activity: Events and Causes Leading to the American Revolution 1607-1776 2 Early Timeline of Events 1607 - 1682

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  • Mind Map
  • Timeline

Intro

Review the Events and Causes during the early Colonial Period that led to the American Revolution (1607 - 1682):

  • 1607 - The first colony was founded at Jamestown, Virginia
  • 1618 - The Virginia Company of London ended the monopoly on land ownership in America. The Headright System was set up by the London company in 1618 that gave 50 acres of land to colonists who paid their own way to Virginia, or paid the way for someone else
  • 1620 - The Mayflower ship transported 102 English Puritans and Separatists, the Pilgrim Fathers, from a site near the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, England, to Plymouth, Massachusetts, a long journey of 66 days. The Pilgrims establish their own government, the basis of which was the Mayflower Compact, which they drafted on their journey to the New World on the Mayflower. The Plymouth Colony is established
  • 1620 - Massachusetts Bay Colony. John Mason and Sir Ferdinando Gorges, the "Father of English Colonization in North America" received land in northern New England which became the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the Colonial America Time Period
  • 1623 - New Netherlands, which became New York, was settled by the Dutch refer to Peter Stuyvesant and Peter Minuit
  • 1624 - 1624 Virginia was made a royal colony
  • 1630 - In the spring of 1630, John Winthrop led a fleet of 11 vessels and 700 passengers to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Great Migration of thousands of English people to the Americas that took place between 1620 and 1640. Many came as Indentured Servants
  • 1634 - Maryland was settled
  • 1636 - Connecticut was settled by colonists, led by Thomas Hooker, and Rhode Island was settled by Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson
  • 1638 - Delaware was settled by Peter Minuit
  • 1649 - The Toleration Act was passed in England allowing all Christians religious freedom
  • 1651/1660/1663 - The Navigation Acts regulate colonial trade and allow England to collect taxes on the colonies' lucrative Cash Crop Plantations and the Slave Plantations
  • 1663 - Carolina was settled
  • 1664 - New Jersey was settled
  • 1679 - New Hampshire was settled
  • 1682 - Quakers Settle in Pennsylvania founded by William Penn

Instructions

Create a Timeline or Mind Map that summarizes the main events (1607 - 1682) leading to the American Revolution:

  • Identify the event in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the event.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Example Timeline

American Revolution Causes 1607 - 1682 by Student

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Pixton Activity: Events and Causes Leading to the American Revolution 1607-1776 3 Mid-Timeline of Events 1688 - 1763

Featured Layouts

  • Mind Map
  • Timeline

Intro

Review the Events and Causes during the French and Indian Wars that led to the American Revolution: (1688 - 1763):

  • 1688 - France and Great Britain begin the French and Indian Wars to fight over land in North America.
  • 1732 - The Hat Act designed to control hat production by the American colonists in the 13 Colonies.
  • 1732 Debt Recovery Act - Declaring land and slaves to be the equivalent of property for the purpose of satisfying debts owed by colonists.
  • 1733 - Navigation Act of 1733 or the Molasses Act - Levied heavy taxes on sugar from West Indies.
  • 1750 Iron Act - Restricts the manufacturing activities in the colonies.
  • 1754 - The French Indian War, also known as the Seven Years War, officially begins in 1754 and ends in 1763.
  • 1763 - The French Indian War, also known as the Seven Years War, officially ends.

Instructions

Create a Timeline or Mind Map that summarizes the main events during the French and Indian Wars that led to the American Revolution:

  • Identify the event in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the event.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Example Timeline

American Revolution Causes 1688 - 1763 by Student

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