Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Theresa Goodin and Stephanie Doyle
Were the American colonists justified in resisting British policies and breaking away from the rule of Great Britain? To help you make up your own mind, read selected documents from people on both sides of the issue. If you agree, write a letter to King George III and parliament as an American colonist, supporting your right to break away from Great Britain. If you don’t, write a response as a member of parliament opposing the colonists’ rebellion.
This activity asks students to analyze multiple perspectives regarding American colonists resisting Britain’s policies and breaking away from the rule of Great Britain. These activities should be implemented after lessons on the French and Indian War and the impact of taxes on the colonies. Documents can be removed or substituted based on student needs. Student friendly text can also be provided for students who struggle with reading text.
As an accommodation for students who are visual learners, you could offer the option of creating an advertisement that supports their position. They would need to include three quotations and two images that represent their argument, explaining why the selected sources support their position.
As an extension activity, students could read classmate’s responses that reflect the opposing argument, then go back to their letter and revise it to include responses to the opposing view’s arguments.
If you do not support independence, use this RAFT:
Role: Member of Parliament;
Topic: Remember, you are British subjects!