Third Trimester cba american Revolution



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Third Trimester CBA

American Revolution


Essential Question:

  • Should the colonies declare independence from Great Britain?

Directions to Students:

After researching the essential question, you will write a letter trying to persuade someone to support your position.



  1. From the list of possible viewpoints, choose at least 3 to research.

  2)  Use the graphic organizer to collect information on the viewpoints you selected and list your sources.

  3)  Before writing use the rubric to make sure your graphic organizer is complete.

  4)  Write a rough draft of your persuasive letter. Use the graphic organizer and rubric to guide the writing process.

  5)  Use the student response packet to write the final copy of your persuasive letter and attach your bibliography at the end.

Possible Viewpoints:

In favor of independence



Loyalty to Great Britain

  • King

  • Parliament

  • Loyalists

  • Hessians

  • British Soldiers

Other (discuss with your teacher)

Possible Keywords:

Do you need additional information? Use these words and phrases to search Proquest Magazine Index, E-Library, OPAC, print encyclopedias, the World Wide Web, or an e-library:



  • American Revolution

  • Revolutionary War

  • War of Independence

  • Thirteen Colonies

  • Boston Tea Party

  • Slaves and the Revolution

  • Stamp Act

  • Townshend Act

Dewey Numbers: 

If you want to browse the shelves in the library to locate information about the American Revolution, look for these numbers:



  • 973.3 - American Revolution and Confederation 1775 -1789

  • 974 - Northeastern United States

  • 921 - Individual Biography

Non-Fiction: 

  1. Anderson, Dale. Causes of the American Revolution. 2006. Presents the causes of the American Revolution using quotes and biographical focus boxes. 

  2. Beller, Susan Provost. Yankee Doodle and the Redcoats: Soldiering in the Revolutionary War. 2003. Using excerpts from diaries, letters, newspaper articles, and other primary sources, tells of the everyday lives of the soldiers who fought the Revolutionary War, for both the British and for the colonies.

  3. Bober, Natalie. Countdown to Independence: a Revolution of Ideas in England and her American Colonies, 1760-1776. 2001. Examines the people and events both in the American colonies and in Great Britain between 1760 and 1776 that led to the American Revolution.

  4. Erdosh, George.  Food and recipes of the Revolutionary War. 1997. Describes the kinds of foods commonly consumed by colonists, including soldiers, during the time of the American Revolutionary War. Includes recipes. Lexile: 780    

  5. Fradin, Dennis B.  Let it begin here!: Lexington & Concord: First Battles of the American Revolution. 2005. Presents a short history of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and describes how the rebel leaders were warned of the approaching British and the standoff between seventy Lexington militiamen and two hundred fifty British regulars.

  6. Fritz, Jean.  Can't You Make Them Behave, King George? 1977. A biography of George the Third, King of Great Britain at the time of the American Revolution. Lexile: 800      

  7. Fritz, Jean. Traitor, The Case of Benedict Arnold. 1997. A study of the life and character of the brilliant Revolutionary War general who deserted to the British for money. Lexile: 1020     

  8. George, Lynn. A Tme line of the American Revolution. 2003. A discussion of the American Revolution which takes a chronological approach, focusing on the development and use of a time line.

  9. Kroll, Steven. The Boston Tea Party. 1998. Describes the events proceeding, during, and following the event which helped precipitate the American Revolutionary War. Lexile: 810      

  10. Moore, Kim. If You Lived At The Time of the American Revolution. Discusses the different aspects of the American Revolution; includes information about what started the Revolution, who fought in it, what a Loyalist was, and other related topics. Lexile: 860

  11. Penner, Lucille. Liberty! How the Revolutionary War Began. 2002. Originally published as: The Liberty Tree: the beginning of the American Revolution, 1998; Includes index. Color illustrations fill this history of the events leading to the Revolutionary War, which describes such aspects as the Stamp Act, the Boston Massacre, and the "shot heard 'round the world." Lexile 780

  12. Stein, R. Conrad. The Boston Tea Party. 1996. Describes the events proceeding, during, and following this noted event, which helped precipitate the American Revolutionary War. Lexile: 910 

Fiction: 

  1. Avi. The Fighting Ground. 1984. Thirteen-year-old Jonathan goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and discovers the real war is being fought within himself. Lexile: 580

  2. Borden, Louise. Sleds on Boston Common: a Story from the American Revolution. Henry complains to the royal governor, General Gage, after his plan to sled down the steep hill at Boston Common is thwarted by the masses of British troops camped there. Lexile: 640

  3. Denenberg, Barry. The Journal of William Thomas Emerson A Revolutionary War Patriot. 1998. William, a twelve-year-old orphan, writes of his experiences in pre-Revolutionary War Boston where he joins the cause of the patriots who are opposed to the British rule. Lexile: 950

  4. Forbes, Esther. Johnny Tremain: A novel for Old & Young. 1943. After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution. Lexile: 840

  5. Gregory, Kristiana. Five Smooth Stones. 2001. In her diary, a young girl writes about her life and the events surrounding the beginning of the American Revolution in Philadelphia in 1776. Lexile: 640

  6. Gregory, Kristiana. The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart. 1996. Eleven-year-old Abigail presents a diary account of life in Valley Forge from December 1777 to July 1778 as General Washington prepares his troops to fight the British. Lexile: 870

  7. O'Dell, Scott. Sarah Bishop. 1980. Left alone after the deaths of her father and brother who took opposite sides in the War for Independence, and fleeing from the British who seek to arrest her, Sarah struggles to shape a new life for herself in the wilderness. Lexile: 760

  8. Reit, Seymour. Guns for General Washington: a story of the American Revolution. 2001. In the bitter winter of 1775-76, Colonel Henry Knox and his younger brother Will, both of the Continental Army, become frustrated with the British blockade of Boston and decide to attempt to move 183 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga, over 300 miles of mountainous wilderness, to defend the besieged city. Lexile: 900

  9. Roop, Peter. An Eye For An Eye. 2000. At the dawn of the Revolutionary War, Samantha Byrd must decide whether or not to seek revenge and join the troops in fighting.

                                 



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REVISED July 2010 BURLINGTON-EDISON


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