Unit 3 Building Block 4

The American Revolution

Big Idea:

  • Individuals influence government in a variety of ways.
  • Unresolved differences between groups of people have led to citizens rebelling against governments.

Building Block Overview:

Students analyze how the American colonies defeated Great Britain in the American Revolution. In the Preview, students examine how their emotions are related to their personal connection to an event. In an Experiential Exercise, students engage in a tug-of-war that demonstrates factors that helped the American colonies win the American Revolution. Then students take notes on such factors as the challenge Great Britain faced in fighting so far from home and the support the colonies received from European allies. In Reading Further, students identify the roles that women, slaves, and American Indians played in the war.

Student Outcomes:

  • I can summarize the results of the American Revolution including the development of the U.S. military.
  • I can identify our Founding Fathers and discuss their motivations and contributions the American Revolution: John Adams, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Nathan Hale, Thomas Jefferson, The Sons of Liberty, and George Washington.

1.  Lesson Guide Building Background, p. 161

2.  Lesson Guide Experiential Exercise, p. 162, VERY fun activity!

3.  Lesson Guide Experiential Exercise, Phase 2, p. 164

4.  Lesson Guide Reading Further:  The Revolution's Home Front, p. 164

5.  Discovery Education videos to support this lesson:

  • Discovery Education “Liberty’s Kids: Valley Forge” (26:35)
  • Discovery Education “Dear America: The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Story of Abigail Jane Stewart: Valley Forge, PA, 1777” (29:46)