Argumentative Essay Loyalist or Patriot Background



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Standards:

RH1 Grade 6-8: Cite specific textual evidence


WHST1B Grade 6-8: Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of topic or text using credible sources.

After researching further information complete this t-chart with factual evidence that supports both sides of the argument. Make sure you have at least 4 pieces of evidence for each side of the debate.



Loyalist

Patriot

Colonist who wanted to stay part of Britain and remain British citizens. These people were called loyalists.

Colonist who wanted the American colonies to gain their independence from Britain. They wanted their own country called the United States.

Pro:

Con:




Pro:

Con:


7th Grade Unit Two: Argumentative Task Scaffolding Activities

Argumentative essay topic: Would you have joined the Loyalist or Patriots during the Revolutionary War?

Task 2:

During the second unit of study for the 7th grade we will explore various topics regarding the American Revolution and then events which led to it. One topic in which we have studied at length is the Proclamation of 1763. We learned how it outlawed colonist from settling any point west of the Appalachian Mountains. The Proclamation was intended to create organization of Britain’s North American Empire and to help smooth over relations with the Native North Americans. However, some argue that what it truly did was anger the colonist and helped to create a resentment within them that would linger for years to come, while other claim that subsequent agreements opened up a vast amount of land to be settled.

Using a series of source documents students will complete a venn diagram (see back) comparing and contrasting the items that may cause resentment with items that may lead to positive feelings as well as notating items which may be able to be seen as both. After the students complete their venn diagrams they will write a paragraph stating whether or not they feel the Proclamation of 1763 was or was not a point of contention that led to the American Revolution citing textual evidence to support their claims.

In Your Paragraph be sure to:



Standards:

RH5: Describe how a text presents information e.g., sequentially, comparatively, casually).

WHST1B Grade 6-8: Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of topic or text using credible sources.

WHST1C Grade 6-8: Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, evidence



Name: ______________________________ Class: ________________ Date:______________

Argumentative Essay: Would you have joined the Loyalist or Patriots during the Revolutionary War?

Scaffold 2:

Directions: In the below venn diagram place information taken from the text that would fit into each hemisphere of the diagram as labeled.

Negative feelings towards the Positive feelings towards the
crown crown
Neutral feelings



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