The War for Independence

Revolution and Revolutionaries

On the Brink of War

1. What type of encouragement is given to recruits?

2. What type of propaganda is used to attract soldiers? Identify examples.

3. Describe economic encouragement used to attract military recruits.

4. Who is most likely to join - a patriot or a loyalist?

5. How are the posters different? Similar?

6. With this type of recruiting happening throughout the 13 Colonies, how prepared will the Colonial Army be when facing the British Army?

Compromise or Conflict?

1 Olive Branch Petition

The Tale of the Tape

Comparing the strengths and weaknesses of the British Army to the strengths and weaknesses of the Colonial Army.
Comparing the Continental Army and the British Army
7. Why did the Continental Congress send the Olive Branch Petition to King George?
8. What was the King’s response to the petition? How did the colonists respond?
9. Why was George Washington chosen as the leader of the Continental Army?
10. How were the two armies different? Similar?
11. What advantages and disadvantages did each army have?

In class...

Complete the graphic organizer about the strengths and weaknesses of the Colonial and British armies. Areas to investigate include geography, proximity to resources, patriotism, weapons, leadership and foreign aid. Share and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each army. See teacher for details.

What do you think?

Reflection: Choose which Colonial strength and British weakness you feel helped the colonists win the Revolution. Support your choices with historical facts.


The people who risked it all for independence.
The Ride - Paul Revere short educational film piece

The Ride

7. Why were Paul Revere and William Dawes sent to warn of the “regulars or redcoats” arrival?
8. Why were the British marching to Lexington and Concord?
9. What was Paul Revere’s message to the British soldier?
10. From the British point of view, what crime could Revere be committing by his ride?
11. Do you think other colonists shared the same beliefs as Revere? Why? Why not?

American Revolutionaries Project

American Revolutionary Wanted Poster

You will investigate a famous revolutionary individual in order to develop a wanted poster from the British point of view. Questions to consider about wanted posters: What is the purpose of a wanted poster? What information is included on a wanted poster? See teacher for details.

"The Shot Heard 'Round the World"

The American Revolution begins at Lexington and Concord
Revolution Lexington & Concord
12. What is meant by the phrase “the shot heard around the world?”
13. What differences did you see between the two armies?
14. Why would the British army want the capture the colonists’ weapons?
15. What mistakes did the British army make at Lexington?
16. How do the colonists use the geography of the area as the British soldiers march back to Boston?

The Gloves Come Off...Important Battles

Below are links to information and interactive maps about key campaigns of the Revolutionary War.

Lexington and Concord


Winter at Valley Forge


Battles of the American Revolution Interactive

American Revolution Group Project

Key Events of the American Revolution

Research and evaluate key events of the American Revolution including the Battles of Lexington/Concord, the Battle of Saratoga, the winter at Valley Forge, and the Battle of Yorktown . Design a PowerPoint, a Prezi, or a Storyboard (comic book) presentation with a minimum of six slides. These slides need to provide details (who, what, where, when and why) and images that reflect each battle. See the teacher for details.


Use the link below to submit your completed presentations.

What do you think...again?

Reflection: Based on your research over the key battles of the American Revolution, which battle had the greatest impact on the outcome of the war? Use evidence to explain your answer.