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Standard 5.0 History

Topic C. Conflict between Ideas and Institutions

Indicator 1. Analyze the causes of the American Revolution

Objective b. Examine the viewpoints of Patriots and Loyalists regarding British colonial policy after the Seven Years' War

During the Revolutionary era, it was quite common for debates over issues to take place in newspapers through essays written by authors who assumed "pen names." For example, in 1774, John Adams engaged under the pen name "Novanglus" in a debate with a Loyalist under the Pen name "Massachusetts" in the Boston Gazette. Pair students, and assign one to be a Patriot and one to be a Loyalist. Make sure that students understand the stance that each group took regarding the actions of Great Britain. Have each student write a paragraph from their assigned perspective reacting to the Boston Tea Party. Then have students exchange their paper with their partner and, beneath their partner's paragraph, write another paragraph in rebuttal to their partner's arguments. Students should invent a "pen name" for themselves and sign their essays with it. The paired essays can be posted on a bulletin board decorated to resemble a newspaper page.

Resources for Objective 5.C.1.b:
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