Colonial America & Revolution
In this lesson, we will be analyzing a variety of sources related to the passage and implementation of the Stamp Act. In a time where most of us pay well over 20 percent of our income to taxes, it may be hard for students to understand how significant this form of internal taxation was to the patriot colonists. By analyzing some primary sources, I hope that the students will see that the Stamp Act was not just an insignificant historical footnote, but truly a world-changing piece of legislation.
This lesson will serve as an introduction to the Revolutionary War. The students will have just completed a unit on the French and Indian War. The purpose of this unit is to expose students to the economic and political causes of the Revolutionary War.
During this lesson the students will examine the Declaration of Independence. They will focus on the reasons why the colonies went to war with England and develop an understanding of the ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence. Students will also develop an understanding of how the colonists’ ideas about government differed from those of the English Parliament. Students’ understanding of the Declaration of Independence will be evaluated through teacher observation and final project completion.
The students will be introduced to the weaknesses under the Articles of Confederation by participating in a short activity about the difficulties of each colony having its own money and, further, by the lack of central power provided under this form of government.