Lesson 4 Different Points of View
Students will be able to
· Interpret the revolutionary war from different perspectives.
· Determine how the revolutionary war affected the lives of Native Americans, African Americans, female colonists, male colonists, and the British who lived at the time of the war.
The student will demonstrate responsible citizenship and develop skills for historical and geographical analysis, including the ability to
a) identify and interpret primary and secondary source documents to increase understanding of events and life in United States history to 1865;
d) interpret ideas and events from different historical perspectives;
The student will demonstrate knowledge of the causes and results of the American Revolution by
c) describing key events and the roles of key individuals in the American Revolution, with emphasis on George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry;
Revolutionary Perspectives Resource sheet for each student, resources at each station, Revolutionary Perspectives worksheets, Revolutionary Notes worksheets, and computers (worksheets can be found and downloaded at the bottom of this page).
1. Students will be split up into groups of 5-6 students. Each person from each group will choose a perspective to view the impact of the Revolutionary War from. The perspectives that can be chosen are: female colonists, Native Americans, African Americans, male colonists, and the British.
2. After students choose which perspective they want to view the impact of the Revolutionary War from, students will split up and group together with students with the same perspective. Each perspective will go to an assigned station around the classroom. At the stations will be information about how each perspective lived at the time of the war. There will be pictures, plays to read, books, a computer with websites about that perspective.
3. Students will then write and/draw notes about what they learned about their assigned perspective on the worksheet that called Revolutionary Notes. Students will need to write down notes about how the lives of people from their perspective changed because of the Revolutionary War.
4. Students will then go back and meet up with their original groups. They will share what their notes about their perspective with their original group and then each group will fill in one Revolutionary Perspectives worksheet.
The assessment used for this lesson is the Revolutionary Perspectives worksheet. There needs to be one worksheet for each group. This worksheet should be used to determine if students could determine how their assigned perspectives changed because of the war.
The variety of materials that are available at each station helps reach all types of learners. The ability to choose between drawing and writing notes helps accommodate ELL students and students with weak writing skills. Students who have a difficult time discovering how their perspectives changed can receive prompts for the teacher for further scaffolding.
You could have students write letters home or to others from the perspective of their assigned perspective.
You could have students create drawings representing what life was like before the war and what it was like after it.
You could have students reenact something they learned about a person from the colonial times.