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Road to Revolution: A Class on the Causes of the American Revolution

Francesca G Dixon
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(32)
This 5-week class, the second in a series on the American Revolution, will examine the context, the events, and the elites during the period leading up to the American Revolution.

Class experience

US Grade 4 - 6
5 lessons//5 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Taxation Without Representation
This lesson will examine the Stamp Act of 1765, Patrick Henry, the Sons of Liberty, the Daughters of Liberty, the boycott of British goods, and the Stamp Act Congress.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
A Boycott and a Massacre
This lesson will introduce the Townshend Acts, the boycott on cloth, paint, lead, glass, and paper, the repeal of the Townshend Acts, Crispus Attucks, and the Boston Massacre.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Breaking Away
This lesson will discuss the gradual change in perception of colonists who were beginning to think of themselves as American rather than British, Sam Adams, Committees of Correspondence, and the "rights of Englishmen".
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Not Your Grandmother's Tea Party
This lesson will discuss the Tea Act, the Boston Tea Party, and the Intolerable Acts.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Coming Together
This lesson will discuss how colonists from other colonies supported the people of Massachusetts, the First Continental Congress, and the Declaration of Rights.
This class is taught in English.
Students will become familiar with the context, events, and elites leading up to the American Revolution and gain background knowledge and rare-word vocabulary from a specific domain that will enhance their reading comprehension of nonfiction text.
I have taught this course for several years as a full-time, certified Elementary and Secondary teacher at the District of Columbia Public Schools.  I was a fellow in the Teaching American History program at the American University specifically focussing on the American Revolution.  Additionally, I received an Excellence Award from the Educational Testing Service for Outstanding performance on the PRAXIS II Test for Social Studies Content Knowledge. My unique expertise is in developing and teaching content-rich humanities units that integrate geography, history, literature, science, art, and music.  Additionally, I have developed a repertoire of strategies for teaching reading in the content area to intermediate-age students.
Homework Offered
Each week, students will read and respond to a written text. Assignments are designed to help students engage with the content. The amount of time necessary to complete the assignments will depend on the learner.
Assessments Offered
I will provide feedback on all submitted assignments. Completed work can be compiled into a portfolio. If requested I will provide a letter grade and certificate.
Grades Offered
All of the resources used for this class are available online at no cost. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
The content and resources for this class are age-appropriate for upper elementary students. If any content is inaccurate or culturally insensitive in any way, I will treat this as a teachable moment to clarify any inaccuracies or culturally inappropriate information or ideas. Students will use two outside resources, padlet and quizlet, both of which are on the Outschool approved list of outside resources that comply with COPPA.  Students will use padlet to pose questions, share images, and interact with each other. Students will practice vocabulary using quizlet.  Neither of these resources requires students to establish accounts.
The following are a few of the sources I used to develop the content for this class:

• Voices of the American Past: Documents in U.S. History, 5th ed. (J Chris Arndt with Raymond M. Hyser), Cengage, 2 vols., 2012. 

• Red, White, and Black: The Peoples of Early North America by Gary Nash.

• Africans in America by Patricia Smith and Charlies Johnson

• An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. 

• Forgotten Patriots: African American and American Indian Patriots in the Revolutionary War by Eric G. Grundset

• The Trials of Phillis Wheatley: America's First Black Poet and Her Encounters with the Founding Fathers by Henry Louis Gates.

Additionally, we will utilize a wealth of original source documents that are available through the Library of Congress and National Archives online, including the Declaration of Independence, discuss relevant literature, and analyze iconic paintings.
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(32)
Education should be a feast of knowledge and all students should be invited to a banquet that includes literature, history, geography, art, music, science, and math. I believe that rich content knowledge and a wide vocabulary greatly enhance... 
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5 weeks

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