Unit 3: Reading History: The American Revolution
Throughout this unit, we will use the above-referenced text, as well as several others, to share accounts of different events either leading up to or during the American Revolution. Since this unit's main focus is to teach readers how to become effective and efficient researchers, students will also be taught strategies on how to select appropriate texts and what to do when a text is too hard. Students will spend a great deal of time analyzing multiple texts in order to verify information from the time period. In addition, the gathering of multiple texts will aid the students in determining the author's perspective as well as the perspective of the time period. Students will learn the roles of the "Loyalists" (colonists who were loyal to Great Britain) and the "Patriots" (colonists who wanted to separate from Great Britain). Furthermore, students will learn how to track periods of time in history through the use of a timeline as well as incorporating different note-taking strategies. This is an intense unit of study, as it requires the students to mentally and physically reflect about what they are learning, but one that the students come to enjoy, especially because it tends to overlap with the Social Studies unit of the same topic.
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