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MFA SUMMER CLASS LESSON- Symbolism & The American Revolution: Liberty


Grade 8 U.S. Civics Honors students

Lesson Objective: 

Students will view and analyze the symbolism of various pieces of art regarding the American Revolution and the idea of "Liberty" to understand the underlying causes of the Revolution.


1.Students will use MFA for educators website to view and complete established model lesson.

2. They will answer Key Concept Questions for each image creating an outline for reflection and a model for their final American Revolution project:

3.Students will create a diverse online lesson on the MFA for Educators website using documents and images around their chosen "theme" of the American Revolution ( different theme that the idea of liberty)  

The lesson will:

~contain 5-8 slides/resources 

~include  2-3 Key Concept questions (1 "common") for each of their chosen documents/images /videos in their lesson.

~include ANSWERS to above mentioned  Key Concept questions


Lesson 1 of this assignment will take place over a long ( 90 minute block). Final Project will include 2 days of in class work with a totla of 5 days worth of indepedent work outside of class.


School computer cart in classroom. 

Internet links from the following resources:

MFA for Educators Lesson Link

National Archives 

Massachusetts Historical Society

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Teaching American History


Common Core Standards Addressed:

Grade: 06


Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.

Grade: 05  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

Grade: 05    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.5

Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.

Grade: 09, 10 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.9

Analyze seminal U.S. documents of historical and literary significance including how they address related themes and concepts.

Grade: 07 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.2

Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.

Grade: 09, 10 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.2

Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.

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