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Causes of the American Revolution

Stage 1 Desired Results


RSMS American History Standards

1.3. Evaluate the causes of the Revolutionary War.

Missouri Learning Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.


Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.



2. Flexibility: Considers, modifies, and combines ideas

Critical thinking:

3. Evaluative Thinking: Presents and defends opinions by making judgments about information


1. Articulates thoughts and ideas effectively using verbal communication

2. Effectively communicates thoughts and ideas in written work.


Students will be able to independently use their learning to…

Determine whether a group is justified in its reaction to the actions of another group.



Students will understand that…

1. The colonies felt that they were being unjustly ruled without representation in the system that governed them.

2. The British retaliation to the colonial rebellion was not entirely unjustified.


1. Were the colonists justified in resisting British policies after the French and Indian War?

2. Was the American Revolutionary War for independence inevitable?


Students will know…

1. The colonists were ruled by the monarchy of England.

2. Loyalists were colonists who stayed loyal to England.

3. Patriots were colonists who wanted independence from England.

4. The significance of the Sugar Act, the Stamp Act, the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, and Intolerable Acts.

5. The colonists did not think that “taxation without representation” was fair.

6. The Colonies were an important resource for England.

Students will be skilled at…

1. Comparing and contrasting primary and secondary resources.

2. Interpreting colonist reactions.

3. Using evidence in a debate/conversation to prove a point and/or sway opinion.

4. Evaluating whether choices made by the British and the Colonists were justified.

5. Using a timeline to follow a sequence of events.

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