American Revolution Webquest
The American Revolution encompasses more than a war for political independence. It represented a complete paradigm shift, the creation of a philosophy and system of government never seen before. Through this war in America web quest, you will explore the causes, battles, and changes from the American Revolution.
Your team will gather information through the war in America web quest to create a Liberty Tree model to explain the issues of the Revolution. Individually, you will also write a persuasive essay on topics provided for you.
Use the websites to gather your information. One good way to organize your notes would be to make an annotated timeline; write the dates of each event, with a sentence explaining their importance on an index card, and then tape the cards together, in order, to make a timeline. After you have the information, you will work as a team to make a Liberty Tree that shows the reasons for the conflict, as well as the events and outcome of the war.
With your partners, make a model of a Liberty Tree. On that tree, use words and symbols to explain what led to the colonists’ decision to declare independence, what major battles were fought, and what results came from the war. You may place the words and pictures directly on the tree, or you may hang some elements from the model. Make your tree visually attractive by making good use of color and shape, by keeping your design uncluttered, and by writing neatly and legibly. If you use symbols to represent events or other information, be sure to include a key for your design.
You may include as many issues, events, and people as you like, but the following must be on your Liberty Tree:
- salutary neglect
- Proclamation of 1763
- Stamp Act
- Tea Act
- Sons of Liberty
- Boston Tea Party
- Boston Massacre
- Intolerable Acts
- Samuel Adams
- Patrick Henry
- John Adams
- George Washington
- Declaration of Independence
- Battles of Lexington and Concord
- Battle of Saratoga
- Battle of Yorktown
- Articles of Confederation
- Treaty of Paris
On your own, select one of the following questions. Answer it thoroughly in persuasive essay format. Check your spelling, grammar, and syntax carefully. Work with your team to peer-edit one another’s papers. When you are sure you have answered the question thoroughly and that you have corrected any errors, make a neat and legible copy for the teacher.
- Was the Revolutionary War inevitable, or could it have been avoided? If it was destined to happen, explain why; if it was avoidable, explain how.
- Has the experiment in representational democracy been successful? Why or why not?