American Revolution Venn Diagram- Compare & Contrast
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American Revolution Venn Diagram- Compare & Contrast
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Location:

Simpson Elementary

Grade:

4




Social Studies

AKS:

4SS-13 construct and interpret charts and tables (QCC) (4SS_B1998-13)
4SS-28 analyze the events between 1763 and 1775 which led the 13 colonies to declare independence (QCC... CE) (4SS_E1998-28)
4SS-29 compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of colonial America during the American Revolution (QCC) (4SS_E1998-29)


Type: Regular
Core/Supplemental Materials:
Our United States- Social Studies book

Character Education:
patriotism
courage


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Assessment Option(s):
Applying the Venn Diagram to a rubric for a project grade

Activity:
Notes to teachers: You may need to draw a 2-ring Venn diagram on the board ahead of time to prepare the students.
Prepare a rubric on characteristics that you would like to see in your student's Venn diagrams.

1. Review the events that have been leading up to the Revolutionary War-taxes, French and Indian war, unfairness imposed on the colonists by the King.
2. Brainstorm life before and after the American Revolution. Compare and contrast the colonist's lives before and after the Revolution. Define the word revolution, and discuss how a revolution might cause a major change in people's lives.
3. Have the class make a chart that is divided into three columns. The first column would be labeled The Colonist's Lives Before the Revolution, the middle column would be labeled Common Characteristics, and the third column would be labeled Colonist's Lives After the Revolution. Have the students come up with characteristics that fit each category. They may use their Social Studies books and notes. The completed chart would look something like this:

Colonist's Lives Before the War
-forced to pay taxes on many
items -under the King's rule
-were told where to live according
to the Proclamation of 1763

Common Characteristics
-wanted freedom from the king
-freedom of religion
-wanted land to expand

Colonist's Lives After the War
-lived by the fair guidelines of the
Declaration of Independence and
eventually by the Bill of Rights and
the Constitution
-free from the King of England's rule
-could move freely in the states

4. Have the students copy the chart and add at least one more characteristic to each of the three catergories. They will then construct a 2- ring Venn diagram using the information given in the chart. They will need to create a title that corresponds with the information presented.

5. The students will be given a rubric, which will show them the guidelines for their grade on this project. After the diagrams are complete, the students will share them within their groups.

Extension Activity: Have the Gifted children infer what life would be like now if America was still ruled by the King of England. How would our lives be different? Similar? Discuss some of the major differences.

Character Education:

patriotism
courage



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