Time Period Archives: Revolution & the New Nation

The Alien Act and the Power of Government

In this lesson, students will compare the language and rhetoric of the Alien Act of 1798 with recent legislation whose purpose is to identify and more...
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Dissecting the Declaration

In this lesson students will explore the Declaration of Independence. They will observe the primary source document and record observations. The students will also interpret more...
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Freedom of religion: The conflicts, compact, and wall of separation

In studying the fascinating early national period, the students to date have focused on two major tensions in the new United States—how power was to more...
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Choosing sides…what are the consequences?

In this session students deepen their understandings of the growing tensions between the colonists and British government by comparing the views of a variety of more...
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To stamp or not to stamp?

Students will analyze three primary sources related to the Stamp Act of 1765, which was one of the many “burdens” placed on the colonists by more...
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Washington’s Historic Crossing

Students are to compare two documents: A Primary source (News of the American Victory at Trenton) and a Secondary Source (Washington Crossing the Delaware, 1851). more...
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Treaty of Paris

Students examine maps and images to complete the timeline of the American Revolution.
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Don’t tax me…again!

This lesson is intended to connect the study of economics back to the people and places of post-Revolutionary America. Students should understand that a government more...
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Colonists React

This lesson is designed to be taught after students have studied several of the acts implemented by Parliament as a result of the large debt more...
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Who fired the shot heard ’round the world’?

Since this battle officially began the war part of the American Revolution, it is important for students to understand the events that took place there more...
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