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Enduring Understanding: Students will understand the roles of the events leading up to The Declaration of Independence by the United States.
Main Curriculum Tie:
Background For Teachers:
Student Prior Knowledge:
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Day One: The students begin the week with a set amount of money that is their weekly income.
About midway through the class period announce that there is now a new tax system in place. For example, to go to the bathroom it will now cost the normal amount plus a two cent tax. Do the same for various classroom activities (pencil sharpening, tissues).
During this first day go to the Boston Tea Party website (see attached) and play the game about the events leading up to the Revolutionary War.
Use this activity to complete a class KWL chart- set aside.
Day two: Put the students into small groups. At each table have an Investigators Folder filled with information about different events leading up to the Boston Tea Party. They must research information on their topic.
Day three: Allow some time for research and finalizing all the information gathered. Now as a class try to put the events in order.
Day four: watch the video from eMedia (see attached) about the Tea Party.
Allow each student to pick a person whose point of view they can support or relate to (king, colonists, merchants). Allow time to think and organize thoughts. Put questions to the students, such as, how do taxes affect people? Where does tax money go? Who won or lost during these events?
Day five: Present a summary of their paper.
***Make sure that throughout the week the taxes are imposed on the students, without increasing their income. Have them keep track of how the taxes have effected their financial status, this information could be used in their final paper.
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