Engaging With History in the Classroom: The American Revolution is the first in a series of middle-grade U.S. history units that focus on what it means to be an American citizen, living in a democracy that expects as much from its citizens as it provides to them. In every lesson, students are asked to step into the world of the 18th-century American colonies, to hear about and to see what was happening, to read the words of real people and to imagine their hopes, dreams, and feelings. Students also learn to question the accounts left behind and to recognize different perspectives on events that marked the beginnings of our country as an independent nation. Resources for teachers include a running script useful as a model for guiding conceptualization as well as extensive teacher notes with practical suggestions for personalizing activities.

Grades 6-8

chapter Lesson 1|15 pages

What do you know about the American Revolution?

chapter Lesson 2|6 pages

What is Conflict?

chapter Lesson 3|12 pages

Whose Land is it, Anyway?

chapter Lesson 4|14 pages

What Caused Growing Discontent in the Colonies?

chapter Lesson 5|9 pages

How did Feelings of Discontent Escalate?

chapter Lesson 7|8 pages

The Signers: Heroes or Traitors?

chapter Lesson 9|18 pages

What was Life Like on the Front Lines?

chapter Lesson 10|12 pages

How did Americans Achieve Victory at Yorktown?

chapter Lesson 12|6 pages

What have We Learned about the American Revolution?