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The American Revolution

Grade Level: 8th Grade

Lesson Duration: About 25-30 minutes


History:  E: 04 

Explain the results of important developments of the American Revolution including:

  a. A declaration of American independence;

  b. Character and significance of the military struggle in the North in the early years of the war and the shift of the battle to the South after 1779;

 Primary Sources:

Images: "Representation du Feu terrible a Nouvelle Yorck" and "Surrender of General Burgoyne"

Summary of the Lesson: Students will be given questions sheet and they will be given primary document sheet.  The students will examine the two given pictures and answer corresponding questions and make logical inferences using the pictures as their source of information.

 Instructional Steps to implementing Lesson: After receiving the materials from the instructor, the students will spend 11 minutes in individual reflection.  During this time, they will jot down their ideas about the given pictures.  When the time expires, they will work with a seat buddy to compare their information and they will make a final analysis on the two given pictures.  Due to the fact we will have been discussing the Revolutionary War, I believe they will have understood these images deal with Revolutionary War concepts, I hope.

Worksheets: Image  Analysis Worksheet.

 Post- assessment and scoring guideline:  Answers will be judged on clarity, logic, and reasoning.  Absurd and/or purposely rushed answers will not be scored and a zero will be given for the assignment.  Given the knowledge the students have received in class to this point, my expectation levels will be higher than normal.  I will be looking for specific facts in some cases and I will let them know I am looking for specifics not simply solid hypotheses.

 Materials Need by teacher: Teacher will need at least a classroom set up copies of the primary source images and Questions

 Materials need by students: The students need something to write with and possibly their notebooks and/or their textbook.

 Ideas/Key Vocabulary

            a.  Saratoga

            b.  New York

            c.  John Burgoyne

            d.  Years during the battle 1775-1776 through 1783

 Created by Daryl Lepley

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