Matters of Education

Learning Happens Everywhere

American Revolution

Length of Time:   4-6 class periods


The lessons in this unit are designed to supplement and enhance your presentation of this seminal topic in our nation’s history. Using the interactive materials at the Bostonian Society’s website, Mapping Revolutionary Boston, they will explore daily life for the famous, infamous and ordinary people of the era. They will learn about their interactions and imagine their reactions to the events of the day.

Lesson #1: Navigate Pre-revolutionary Boston

Lesson #2: British Taxation: Actions and Reactions

Lesson #3: Meeting of Colonial Minds

Lesson #4: Daily Life in Revolutionary America

Essential Questions

How did individuals and the collective come together to create a nation?

Common Core Standards

Content Standards

Massachusetts Social Studies and History Standards

General Themes

  • The evolution of the concepts of personal freedom, individual responsibility and respect for human dignity
  • The influence of political, religious and cultural ideas as human societies move beyond boundaries

History and Geography:

  •  Show connections between particular historical events and ideas and larger social, economic and political trends and developments
  • Interpret the past within its own historical context
  • Effects of geography on the history of Civilization and Nations
  • Read and interpret historical Maps
  • The Influence of economic ideas as human societies move beyond geographic boundaries
  • The growth and spread of free markets

General Economic Skills

  • Explain choice and resulting opportunity costs of each choice
  • Explain the role of competition and the role of buyers and sellers in determining price

US History I, 1763-1877

The Political and Intellectual Origins of the American Nation: the Revolution and Constitution, 1763-1789

  • Political and Economic Factors that led to the American Revolution
  • The impact on the colonies of the French and Indian War, including an overhaul of British Imperial policy from 1763-1775
  • How freedom from European feudalism and aristocracy and widespread ownership property fostered individualism and contributed to the Revolution
  • Analyze how Americans resisted British policies before 1775
  • Explain the role of Massachusetts in the Revolution, including important events and people