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Teaching the American Revolution

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Without the American Revolution, there wouldn't be the United States of America. So, yeah, this is kind of a critical part of history to understand. The Revolution was a time of great danger and great opportunity, and our teaching guide is a great opportunity to explore this world-changing event.

In this guide you will find

  • activities analyzing British policies and key figures of the era.
  • more historical resources than you can point a musket at: the Constitution, bios of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, details on the French & Indian War, and more.
  • current events exploring the modern tea-party movement and its relationship to Revolution.

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  • 3-5 Common Core-aligned activities (including quotation, image, and document analysis) to complete in class with your students, with detailed instructions for you and your students. 
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Instructions for You

"It is time this anarchy were restrained and corrected by some authority or other."
– Royal Governor of Massachusetts Thomas Hutchinson, 1773

Share this quotation with your students and then review with them the context in which it was voiced. Your students can review the events leading up to Governor Hutchinson's reaction to the East India Tea crisis here. Then ask them to write an essay that addresses the following prompt:

In 1773, the royal governor of Massachusetts, Thomas Hutchinson, offered the following response to the growing crisis over implementation of the Tea Act: "It is time this anarchy were restrained and corrected by some authority or other."

In a well organized essay, discuss what the statement reveals about Hutchinson's assessment of both British policy and American behavior. In doing so, you might want to think about the following questions:

  • What words are particularly revealing in Hutchinson's statement?
  • Why did he feel that it was up to him to take action?

Instructions for Your Students

In 1773, the royal governor of Massachusetts, Thomas Hutchinson, offered the following response to the growing crisis over implementation of the Tea Act: "It is time this anarchy were restrained and corrected by some authority or other."

In a well organized essay, discuss what the statement reveals about Hutchinson's assessment of both British policy and American behavior. In doing so, you might want to think about the following questions:

  • What words are particularly revealing in Hutchinson's statement?
  • Why did he feel that it was up to him to take action?

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