Special Topics - Stirring the Pot:The Rebellion Begins (Dec 7)

Join us on December 7, 2013 (yes, “a day that will live in infamy”) for a workshop on the Revolutionary War.  You will examine primary sources, including prints, maps, and written documents, to explain some of the contributing causes of that war.  Additionally, you will look closely at conflicting reasons and perpetrators of the first shot fired in Concord, MA; the protest to King George III’s Stamp Act; and to the movement of troops reflected in maps from that time.  Some of the strategies used will include summary and response and cause and effect.

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8:30 a.m. Welcome/coffee or tea

Sign in; Introductions; Overview of day’s activities; review the Notebook; Standards

Explanation of Day’s expectations
Warm up Activity: Join or Die political cartoon


Activity: Stamp Act – the King’s M&M’s

  • Understanding the Colonists Reactions

  •   One Minute Summary 


Activities: Ye old Boston Massacre – Revere’s propaganda

  • Visual Literacy

Boston Tea Party – Eyewitness Accounts.

  • Compare/Contrast

Activity: Cause/Effect Models

Computer time to find resources

Lunch (half hour)

Credit information/ Assignment

Activity:  The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

  • Map Analysis

  • Rewrite the Story

Activity: Battle of Lexington and Concord—Historical Interpretation


Move to computer lab: Work time—complete in class assignment

Whole class—share ideas

3:30 – 4:00 Turn in copy of in class assignment


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Coming this Fall 2015

Transforming America: America in the Gilded Age (Date to be announced soon)

Other offerings this fall will be Essentials Exploration and a Special Topics workhop focused on WWII