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The French and Indian War

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Character Map
  • Poster

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Pixton Lesson Plan on The French and Indian War

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The French and Indian War

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Research, review or discuss the events and causes of the French and Indian War from the below activities.

Opening Discussion

Create a KW(H)L chart for the French and Indian War:

  • What do you already know about the French and Indian War?
  • What do you want to know about the French and Indian War?
  • How could you learn more?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Timeline
    Timeline

    Complete after class discussion or reading.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Causes

    Complete after class reading or discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Effects

    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 French and Indian War.

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Research one major event leading up to the French and Indian War and report your findings on a Poster.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Add to your KW(H)L chart for the French and Indian War:

  • What did you learn about the French and Indian War?
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned?
  • What was the most surprising or unexpected thing you learned?
  • How does this relate to other events, ideas or people you learned about in history?
  • What would you still like to know about the French and Indian War?
  • How could you learn more?
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Pixton Activity: The French and Indian War 1 Timeline

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Intro

Review the Events of the French and Indian Wars: (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 - the Molasses Act - levied heavy taxes on sugar
  • 1744 - 1748: King George's War between France and England, also fought for control over North America. Ends with the treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle and no clear victor.
  • 1750 Iron Act - Restricts the manufacturing activities in the colonies.
  • 1752-1753: Tension grows between France and England over competing for land and trading claims. Minor skirmishes break out.
  • 1753: George Washington carries Virginia's ultimatum over French encroachment to Captain Legardeur de Saint-Pierre at Riviere aux Boeufs. It is rejected.
  • 1753 - French troops from Canada march south; seize and fortify the Ohio Valley. Britain protests the invasion and claims Ohio for itself.
  • 1754 - The French Indian War, also known as the Seven Years War, officially begins.
  • 1754 - Ensign de Jumonville and a third of his escort are killed by a British patrol led by George Washington. In retaliation, the French and the Indians defeat the British at Fort Necessity. Washington surrenders after losing one-third of his force.
  • 1755 - The British implement a plan to defeat the French. Moncton successfully captures Fort Beausejour, Major General Edward Braddock troops are defeated in the Battle of the Monongahela, and William Johnson’s troops stop the French advance at Lake George.
  • The Seven Years' War begins as Great Britain declares war on France expanding the North American conflict to Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.
  • 1757 - The French, led by Montcalm, capture Fort William Henry. Following the surrender, Montcalm’s actions anger his Indian allies who capture or kill hundreds of unarmed British.
  • 1758 - William Pitt implements cooperative policies toward colonial legislatures to receive more colonial support for the war, the Treaty of Easton is signed with the Six Nations, and the British take control of the Forks of the Ohio.
  • 1759 - French surrender Quebec after a battle outside the city on the Plains of Abraham.
  • 1760 - The British capture Montreal ending the conflict in North America.
  • February 1763 - The Peace Treaty of Paris 1763 ends the French and Indian Wars. Canada, east of the Mississippi River, was added to the British empire.
  • April 1763 - Ottawa Chief Pontiac unites many American Indian nations in an effort to drive British off their land. Colonel Henry Bouquet leads the British army and defeats Native American forces at Bushy Run.
  • October 1763 - King George III signs the Proclamation of 1763 reserving land west of the Allegheny Mountains for Indians.
  • 1764 - The British Sugar Act is amended to tax the American colonies.
  • 1765 - Sugar Act and the Currency Act protests. Many colonists refuse to use imported English goods. Unrest leads to the American Revolution.

Instructions

Create a Timeline that summarizes the main events during the French and Indian Wars:

  • 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.

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Pixton Activity: The French and Indian War 2 Causes

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the causes of the French and Indian War:

  • English settlers moved northwest from Virginia
  • French settlers, who had moved east from the Great Lakes, or south from Canada,
  • The English and French invaded Native American land on both sides, both believing they owned the rights to the land.
  • English and French settlers both attempted to colonize the Ohio River Valley, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • In 1754, English forces under George Washington marched to Fort Duquesne to remove the French from the region by force. En route they met and massacred a scouting party in the Battle of Jumonville Glen.
  • In anticipation of French retaliation, Washington camped at Great Meadows and ordered the construction of Fort Necessity.
  • The French sent 600 soldiers to force Washington to surrender the fort, marking the start of The French and Indian War.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard that summarizes the causes of the French and Indian War:

  • 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 Storyboard

Causes French Indian War by Student

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Pixton Activity: The French and Indian War 3 Effects

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the effects of the French and Indian War:

  • France was almost completely removed from the New World and India, other than several small islands off Canada and the Caribbean.
  • Spain gained the Louisiana Territory in exchange for Florida. The entire face of North America had been dramatically changed.
  • England issued the Proclamation of 1763, forbidding settlement past the Appalachian Mountains.
  • Westward-bound settlers ignored the Proclamation and moved into Native American land.
  • The English attempted to repay their war debt by taxing the colonists' printed documents with the 1765 Stamp Act.
  • Colonists protested by boycotting British goods and attacking British tax collectors.
  • England repealed the Stamp Act and issued the Declaratory Act to maintain their right to tax colonists.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard that summarizes the effects of the French and Indian War:

  • 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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