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Famous Faces of the Revolutionary War

This lesson is intended to help grade 9 history teachers in the Boston, Massachusetts area. It follows the Massachusetts state standards by introducing key figures in the American Revolution and using primary documents and artwork to highlight their attributes. Additionally, the lesson will help students learn how to read maps, will encourage them to imagine themselves in the time period, will ask them to write a letter, and will encourage them to discuss key people and events with their peers.

Teachers can use this lesson as an additional tool in the classroom and walk the students through the slides step by step with the use of a projector, contributing their own knowledge to each slide. Activities and discussions are offered for students to participate in during class. On the other hand, teachers can also provide students with the link to the lesson and allow them to use it on their own as a study guide or refresher. This use will also allow them to interact with the additional resources provided within the lesson. It is to be used with a lesson on the Revolutionary War.  

Common Core Standards for 9th grade students in Massachusetts that are addressed include:

W.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

SL.1: Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

RH.2: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

Created By

Melissa Ford


History/Social Studies

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