What are the most important long-term, intermediate, and short-term factors that caused the American Revolution?
Students will have to justify the importance of different kinds of causes. Some causes are long-term and structural in nature while others are immediate. The poster that students create will provide a visual for an oral presentation. The challenge provides practice at public speaking and presentation skills in addition to making judgments about the significance of different causes. The outline on paper in advance provides a means to assess the underlying analysis of the image selection. Students will have to justify their choice in that process. You could have them include a comment on the poster to show their thinking process once they have completed the activity.
Precipitants are events or decisions that do cause protest or agitation but not result, for the moment, in conflict. The event or decision may even be resolved in the short term but remain a problem when later and more dramatic events happened.
Triggers are the events that lead directly to conflict or widespread upheaval or violence.
Select what you believe to be the most important long-term cause, the most important precipitant, and the most important trigger. Pick three. Your poster will illustrate these.