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Lesson Seeds: The lesson seeds are ideas for the indicator/objective that can be used to build a lesson. Lesson seeds are not meant to be all-inclusive, nor are they substitutes for instruction.

Standard 5.0 History

Topic C. Conflict between Ideas and Institutions

Indicator 1. Analyze the causes of the American Revolution

Objective a. Identify and sequence key events between the French and Indian War and the American Revolution

Have students construct a timeline of events between the French and Indian War and the Declaration of Independence (or the Treaty of Paris, if you prefer) to help them understand the sequencing, timing, and build-up of events. Divide the class into pairs or small groups, and assign each group a key event, such as the French and Indian War, the Tea Act, or the Boston Massacre. On a piece of poster board, have the students write the name of their events, its date(s), and a one or two sentence description of the event. Beneath this information, students should illustrate their event. When students have completed their posters, work as a class to arrange them in the proper sequence to construct a timeline of the revolutionary period that stretches around the classroom. Review the timeline as a class.

Resources for Objective 5.C.1.a:
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