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Revolutionary War

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Directions to Students:

In a cohesive paper or presentation, you will:
•    Identify a problem and a policy or law that attempts to solve it.
•    Explain one way the policy or law attempts to solve the problem and explain one way the policy or law is enforced.
•    Identify individuals and/or groups who participated in the policy or law-making process.
•    Explain three or more ways in which individuals and/or groups participated in the law-making process.
•    Provide reasons for agreeing or disagreeing with the law or policy by explaining how the law or policy does or does not promote two rights or democratic ideals with one supporting detail for each.
•    List three sources including the title, author, type of source, and date of each source.

    Possible Essential Questions: Choose One

    • Why did early American founders argue that individuals needed a Bill of Rights to protect them from government?
    • Why did the British government create rules for the North American colonies, who was involved, and how effective were these rules
      (e.g., Stamp Act, Quartering Act, Townshend Acts, Tea Act, etc.)?


    Do you need additional information? Use these words and phrases to search Nettrekker, Proquest Magazine Index, E-Library, an online library catalog,  print encyclopedias or the World Wide Web:

    • American Revolution
    • British Acts, revolution
    • Taxation without representation
    • Constitution   
    • Bill of Rights    
    • Rule vs. Law  
    • Democratic ideals, Democracy
    • Sam Adams
    • John Adams
    • George Washington
    • John Hancock
    • *Thomas Jefferson
    • *James Madison
    • Alexander Hamilton
    • *Patrick Henry 


    *Textbook includes a page or more of information about this person.

    Primary Sources:

    1. American Memory

    2. Liberty! the American Revolution
      This PBS website contains information on key events, timelines, and links to primary sources. Designed to complement the popular PBS series by the same name, users do not need to see the series to find this site useful.

    3. National Archives
      This site includes primary and secondary sources including images and documents. The above image comes from this site. Note: The address given is for images. Click here to go to the home page and search for additional documents including the Declaration of Independence.


    American Revolution:

    Early Government/Constitution/Bill of Rights: 

    • White House Kids A transcription of the first 10 amendments of the Constitution in their original form. These amendments were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the "Bill of Rights." 
    • Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids When the Constitution was ratified in 1789, many people were concerned that it did not protect certain freedoms. They thought that the Constitution should be changed or amended to protect these freedoms. On December 15, 1791, ten amendments were added to the Constitution. These amendments guarantee certain freedoms and rights, so they are known as the Bill of Rights.

    Video Streaming:

    Explore the history of democracy and the creation of American government. Students learn about the foundations of democracy and the creation of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
    Curriculum Standards  
    Grade: 5-8         © 2006 Discovery Channel School
    This video contains 5 segments
    This series takes a close look at the United States Constitution and how it works. How our country's founders forged the framework of our government comes to life in this engaging program. Students will learn about James Madison and Alexander Hamilton and their key roles in the creation of the Constitution. Viewers will come to understand why compromise played such an important role in the final drafting of the Constitution and how, because of the Founding Fathers' foresight, the Constitution remains the oldest written framework of a government in the world.
    Grade: 3-8    © 2001 Discovery Education
    This video contains 15 segments
    Taxation without representation emerged as the central issue of conflict between the colonies and Great Britain. Full motion footage accompanied by stills of historical events and dramatized narration shows how this issue led to actual conflict. The Boston Tea Party, the Quartering Acts, the Boston Massacre and the Intolerable Acts contributed to the American Revolution, a Revolution that signaled the birth of the first new nation in modern history, and became a sign of hope for our country and for people throughout the world seeking freedom.
    Blackline Masters   Teacher's Guide   Curriculum Standards  
    Grade: 6-8           © 1993 Rainbow Educational Media
    This video contains 14 segments
    This title from the Jean Fritz Collection of historic books for young people is illustrated by Tomie dePaola. Jean Fritz introduces elementary and middle school students to the delegates at the 1787 summer convention in Philadelphia. Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, James Madison, and many others traveled there to draft a plan that would unify their states while preserving their sovereignty. Part of the Weston Woods Series.
    Teacher's Guide  
    Grade: 3-5         © 1987 Weston Woods
    This video contains 17 segments
    This series explores the key events and the important people who helped begin the American Revolution.

    In "Historic Boston," students discover how events in that city set the colonies on the road to Revolution and independence. Paul Revere never really did proclaim "The British are coming, the British are coming!" Students find out what he really said, and so much more, in this engaging, information-packed video. Archival material, re-enactment footage, and commentary from "Paul Revere" bring the events leading up to the Revolutionary War to life.

    Grade: 3-8    © 2000 Discovery
    This video contains 
    This program explores the American values of life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and patriotism in the U.S. and other countries.
    Curriculum Standards  
    Grade: K-4         © 2006 Discovery Channel School
    This video contains 
    This program begins with an introduction of how America began - Columbus's voyage to the New World, the establishment of the 13 colonies, and the colonies' struggle for independence - and then focuses on the make up of the American government. Our government has guides and rules such as the Constitution and the Bill of Rights that protect Americans’ freedoms and rights.
    Blackline Masters   Teacher's Guide   Curriculum Standards  
    Grade: 3-5           © 2003 United Learning
    This video contains 8 segments
    Illustrated with pictures from six of her popular biographies for young readers, Jean Fritz weaves together the lives of Ben Franklin, Patrick Henry, Sam Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock, and King George, and dramatizes their roles in the formation of the United States as a nation. Part of the Weston Woods Series.
    Teacher's Guide   Curriculum Standards  
    Grade: 3-5           © 1990 Weston Woods
    This video contains 10 segments
    While George Washington was leading the Continental Army against the British, Thomas Jefferson was writing the Declaration of Independence, the document that would be used to declare America's separation from England. Meet these two men and others who played a critical role in the planning and establishment of the United States government and its three branches. Then explore the country's Constitution and the relatively few changes made to it in the ensuing centuries.
    Teacher's Guide   Curriculum Standards  
    Grade: 3-5    © 2001 100% Educational Videos
    This video contains 7 segments
    What were the key events that brought a divided people together to stand and fight as one? In this engaging production your students will learn about the French and Indian War, Stamp Act, Intolerable Acts, Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, and battles at Lexington and Concord. They will come to know the important actions of men like Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Paul Revere. Your students will gain a firm understanding of why America went to War with Great Britain and what motivated the Patriots to form their own country.
    Curriculum Standards  
    Grade: 6-8    © 2004 100% Educational Videos
    This video contains 8 segments
    This program traces the key events of the American Revolutionary War from its outbreak at Lexington, Massachusetts, in 1775 to the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
    Teacher's Guide   Blackline Masters   Curriculum Standards  
    Grade: 6-8           © 2001 United Learning
    This video contains 13 segments
    Investigate new findings from the night that helped bring America into the Revolutionary War. Watch Thomas Jefferson articulate the ideals of a new and free nation. Witness the struggles faced by the Constitution's framers and peruse the first 10 amendments, otherwise known as the Bill of Rights.
    Teacher's Guide  
    Grade: 6-12         © 2005 Discovery Channel School
    This video contains 14 segments
    An exploration into America's War of Independence and how it divided the nation between those who remained loyal to the Crown and those fighting for liberation from England. Presented by respected British historian, Richard Holmes using first person narratives, recreations and interviews.

    Grade: 6-8    © 2004 PBS
    This video contains 12 segments


    Dewey Numbers 

    If you want to browse the shelves in the library to locate information about the Constitution the Bill of Rights or U.S. Laws, look for these numbers:

    • 342, 342.73 - Constitution, Bill of Rights, U.S. Law
    • 973 - U.S. History 


      BOOKS: These are just a few of the titles available in our Mead School District Libraries.  Please ask your librarian for titles in your school's collection, and ask for help obtaining other titles you would like to use.

      342.73 FRI   
      Fritz, Jean. Shh! we're writing the Constitution. 1st PaperStar ed. New York : Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1998, c1987.
      Describes how the Constitution came to be written and ratified. Also includes the full text of the document produced by the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

      920 Adl BAS   
      Adler, David A. Heroes of the Revolution. 1st ed. New York : Holiday House, c2003.
      Profiles twelve men and women who had a significant impact on the American Revolution.

      973.3 AND   
      Anderson, Dale, 1953-. The causes of the American Revolution. Milwaukee, WI : World Almanac Library, 2006.
      Britain and its empire -- The American colonies -- The French and Indian War -- First steps to a new conflict -- Clashes in the colonies -- The fuse burns. Presents an examination of the causes of the American Revolutionary War, including information on the colonists growing desire for self-government, the increasing restrictions the British placed on new settlements, and the escalating tensions between Britain and the colonists.

      973.3 BOB   
      Bobrick, Benson, 1947-. Fight for freedom : the American Revolutionary War. 1st ed. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2004.
      Presents a survey of the American Revolution for young readers and includes information on British oppression of the colonists, Boston Tea Party, and Benedict Arnold's treason, as well as personal anecdotes from soldiers and civilians.

      973.3 Bur   
      Burgan, Michael. The Stamp Act of 1765. Minneapolis, MN : Compass Point Books, c2005.
      Examines the Stamp Act of 1765 in which Great Britain demanded the American colonies pay a tax on all kinds of papers and documents, and discusses the debate and protests that resulted from the tax, and its role in furthering calls for American independence.

      973.3 HAR   
      Harness, Cheryl. The revolutionary John Adams. Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2003.
      A biography of John Adams with emphasis on his role in the American Revolution.

      973.3 Mur   
      American Revolution : battles and leaders. 1st American ed. London ; : DK Pub., 2004.
      Offers a battle-by-battle overview of the American Revolution, with profiles of key military and civilian leaders of the era.

      973.3 OSB PB   
      Osborne, Mary Pope. American Revolution : a nonfiction companion to Revolutionary War on Wednesday. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2004.
      Presents a picture of life in colonial America and reviews the causes and major events of the American Revolution.

      973.3 RAP 5th Gr.   
      Rappaport, Doreen. Victory or death! : stories of the American Revolution. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, c2003.
      A collection of true stories which recount the experiences of men and women who lived during the American Revolution.

      973.3 SCH 5th Gr.   
      Schanzer, Rosalyn. George vs. George : the American Revolution as seen from both sides. Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2004.
      Explores how the characters and lives of King George III of England and George Washington affected the progress and outcome of the American Revolution.

      973.3 Wad   
      Wade, Linda R. Events leading to the American Revolution. Edina, MN : ABDO & Daughters, c2001.
      Examines the reasons why the American colonists rebelled against the British, discussing taxes, the invasion of Boston, the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, and other events.

      973.3 WIR   
      Wirkner, Linda. Learning about the American Revolution with graphic organizers. 1st ed. New York : PowerKids Press, 2005.
      The end of one war, the beginning of another -- Dividing the colonists -- War breaks out -- The Declaration of Independence -- Leaders of the Revolution -- War times -- The war goes on -- Joining the fight -- The end of the Revolution -- After the Revolution. Presents a short study of the American Revolution, and describes the Declaration of Independence, leaders of the Revolution, major battles, those who fought, and more.

      973.313 WIL   
      Williams, Brian, 1943-. The declaration of American independence : July 4, 1776. ManKato, MN : Smart Apple Media, c2003.
      A discussion of the events leading up to the American war for independence from Britain, the revolutionary struggle, the Declaration of Independence, and the beginning of a new nation.

      973.33 HIB   
      Hibbert, Christopher, 1924-. Redcoats and rebels : the American Revolution through British eyes. 1st American ed. New York : Avon, 1990.
      An account of the British in the American War of Independence.

      973.7 EGG   
      Egger-Bovet, Howard. USKids history. 1st ed. Boston : Little, Brown, c1994.
      Highlights the events leading up to the Revolutionary War, life in the colonies during wartime, and important figures of the time. Includes ideas for related activities.

      B ADA   
      Fritz, Jean. Why don't you get a horse, Sam Adams? New York : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, [1974].
      A brief biography of Samuel Adams describing his activities in stirring up the revolt against the British and how he was finally persuaded to learn to ride a horse.

      B Geo   
      Fritz, Jean. Can't you make them behave, King George? New York : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, c1977.
      A biography of George the Third, King of Great Britain at the time of the American Revolution.

      B Han   
      Fritz, Jean. Will you sign here, John Hancock? New York : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, c1976.
      A biography of the first signer of the Declaration of Independence outlining all that he did for himself as well as what he did for Massachusetts and his new nation.

      B HEN   
      Fritz, Jean. Where was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? New York : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, [1975].
      A brief biography of Patrick Henry tracing his progress from planter to statesman.

      B MAD   
      Fritz, Jean. The great little Madison. New York : Putnam, c1989.
      Traces the life and contributions of the sickly child with the small voice who grew up to become the fourth president of the United States.

      B REV   
      Fritz, Jean. And then what happened, Paul Revere? 1st PaperStar ed. New York : G.P. Putnam's, 1996, c1973.
      Describes some of the well-known as well as the lesser-known details of Paul Revere's life and exciting ride 


      E Tur   
      Turner, Ann Warren. Katie's trunk. 1st ed. New York : Macmillan ;, c1992.
      Katie, whose family is not sympathetic to the rebel soldiers during the American Revolution, hides under the clothes in her mother's wedding trunk when they invade her home.

      F Gre
      Gregory, Kristiana. Five smooth stones. 1st ed. New York : Scholastic, 2001.
      In her diary, a young girl writes about her life and the events surrounding the beginning of the American Revolution in Philadelphia in 1776.

      F AVI  
      Avi, 1937-. The fighting ground. 1st ed. New York : Lippincott, c1984.
      Thirteen-year-old Jonathan goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and discovers the real war is being fought within himself.

      F CLA   
      Clapp, Patricia. I'm Deborah Sampson : a soldier in the War of the Revolution. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, c1977.
      Relates the experiences of the woman who disguised herself as a man in order to enlist and fight in the American Revolution.

      F For   
      Forbes, Esther. Johnny Tremain : a novel for old & young. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1943.
      After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution.

      F GRE 
      Gregory, Kristina. We are Patriots: Hope's revolutionary War diary : Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777. Scholastic, c2002.
      In her diary, a young girl writes about her life and the events surrounding the events of the American Revolution in Philadephia, 1777 as the redcoats try and take over her city and defeat the Continental Army.

      F Ode   
      O'Dell, Scott, 1898-1989. Sarah Bishop. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1980.
      Left alone after the deaths of her father and brother who take opposite sides in the War for Independence, and fleeing from the British who seek to arrest her, Sarah Bishop struggles to shape a new life for herself in the wilderness.

      F PRY   
      Pryor, Bonnie. Thomas : 1778-- patriots on the run. New York : Avon, [2000], c1998.
      In the early years of the Revolutionary War, eleven-year-old Thomas and his family escape a bloody massacre at Wyoming Valley and endure innumerable hardships as they try to make their way to Philadelphia.

      F REI 
      Reit, Seymour. Guns for General Washington : a story of the American Revolution. 1st Gulliver Books paperbacks ed. San Diego : Harcourt, 2001, c1990.
      In the bitter winter of 1775-76, Colonel Henry Knox and his younger brother Will, both of the Continental Army, become frustrated with the British blockade of Boston and decide to attempt to move 183 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga, over 300 miles of mountainous wilderness, to defend the besieged city.

      F Rin   
      Rinaldi, Ann. Cast two shadows : the American revolution in the South. San Diego : Harcourt, Inc., c1998.
      In South Carolina in 1780, fourteen-year-old Caroline sees the Revolutionary War take a terrible toll among her family and friends and comes to understand the true nature of war.

      F Tri   
      Tripp, Valerie, 1951-. Meet Felicity : an American girl. Middleton, WI : Pleasant Co., c2000.
      In volume one in a six-volume American Girl series, nine-year-old Felicity Merriman from colonial Williamsburg, Virginia tries to save a horse owned by the cruel tanner, Jiggy Nye.

      F Tur   
      Turner, Ann Warren. Love thy neighbor : the Tory diary of Prudence Emerson. 1st ed. New York : Scholastic, 2003.
      In Green Marsh, Massachusetts, in 1774, thirteen-year-old Prudence keeps a diary of the troubles she and her family face as Tories surrounded by American patriots at the start of the American Revolution.

      F Avi 
      Avi, 1937-. The fighting ground. Rev. Harper Trophy ed. New York : HarperTrophy, 2004.
      Thirteen-year-old Jonathan goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and discovers the real war is being fought within himself.

      F Osb  
      Osborne, Mary Pope. Revolutionary War on Wednesday. New York : Random House, c2000.
      Using their magic tree house, Jack and Annie travel back to the time of the American Revolution and help General George Washington during his famous crossing of the Delaware River.


      Graphic Organizer


      1.1.2. Evaluates the effectiveness of a law or policy by explaining how it promotes ideals.

      1.2.2. Understands how and why state and tribal governments make, interpret, and carry out rules and laws. 

      5.4.2. Prepares a list of resources including the title, author, type of source, date published, and publisher for each source. 

      Page prepared by Kris Dinnison and Trish Henry


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