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A "Revolutionary" Approach to Learning History

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Primary Type: Lesson Plan

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Students will research causes leading up to the Revolutionary War and their specific effects. They will use various informational text resources to research a particular central event during this time period and place key points into a cause and effect graphic organizer. Working in small groups, they will compose a reader's theatre script depicting what they gathered in their research. They will rehearse and present their reader's theatre to their classmates.

Subject(s): Social Studies, English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 5
Intended Audience: Educators
Suggested Technology: Computer for Presenter, Computers for Students, Internet Connection, Interactive Whiteboard, LCD Projector, Speakers/Headphones, Microsoft Office, Computer Media Player
Instructional Time: 10 Hour(s)
Freely Available: Yes
Keywords: Revolutionary War, cause and effect, reader's theatre, historical, narrative
Instructional Design Framework(s): Writing to Learn, Cooperative Learning
Resource Collection: CPALMS Lesson Plan Development Initiative

Related Standards

Name Description
LAFS.5.RI.1.3: Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
LAFS.5.RI.3.9: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
LAFS.5.SL.2.6: Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation.
LAFS.5.W.1.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
  1. Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
  2. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
  3. Use a variety of transitional words, phrases, and clauses to manage the sequence of events.
  4. Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
  5. Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.
SS.5.A.5.1: Identify and explain significant events leading up to the American Revolution.
Examples may include, but are not limited to, the French and Indian War, the Stamp Act, the Townshend Acts, the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Coercive Acts, the Powder Alarms.
SS.5.A.5.2: Identify significant individuals and groups who played a role in the American Revolution.
Examples may include, but are not limited to, King George III, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John Adams, John Hancock, Crispus Attucks, Ben Franklin, Paul Revere and Patriots, Sons of Liberty, Daughters of Liberty, Continental Congress, James Armistead, Francis Marion.