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PBS

Thomas Paine: Writer and Revolutionary

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Is the pen really mightier than the sword? Scholars analyze the impact Thomas Paine's book Common Sense had on the American Revolution. Video clips and primary sources investigate the role Paine had on dissent in the colonies. They...
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Curated OER

Claims in "The Crisis, No. 1"

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
"The Crisis, No. 1" is the focus of a series of exercises that ask learners to read closely and annotate Thomas Paine's text. Groups identify claims and evidence in the essay and present their arguments to the class. Teacher background...
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PPT
Alabama Learning Exchange

American Revolution

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Introduce learners to the key players of the American Revolution. Each slide provides biographical information on the following people: John Adams, Samuel Adams, Crispus Attucks, King George III, Lord Cornwallis, Thomas Paine, Polly...
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Curated OER

Famous Thomas Paine Quote

For Students 3rd - 6th
In this famous quote activity, students read a famous quote by Thomas Paine, write what they think it means and then list 3 character traits that they feel are honorable.
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Curated OER

The American Crisis, Number 1

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Use this presentation about Thomas Paine's The American Crisis series to guide any number of assignments. The slides provide instructions for a literary terms assignment, an open response journal entry, two research writing projects, and...
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Curated OER

The Enlightenment: Matching #1

For Students 7th - 8th
Matching exercises can help learners build a functional vocabulary related to many different concepts. They match ten ideas and key players commonly associated with the Enlightenment to their definitions. Ben Franklin, Edward Gibbon, and...
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Curated OER

Deism: Paine and Jefferson Student Worksheet

For Students 8th - 12th
In this Deism worksheet, students read an article about the opinions of Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson. Students then respond to 12 short answer questions.
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National Endowment for the Humanities

Common Sense: The Rhetoric of Popular Democracy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers identify important arguments for independence made in Thomas Paine's Common Sense. They explain why these arguments helped persuade American colonists that independence was necessary. Students describe the importance of...
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Curated OER

The Beginnings of Constitutional Government

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Students examine excerpts of Thomas Paine's Common Sense. In this early American history lesson plan, students read Paine's pamphlet and analyze the information according the rubric provided.
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Activity
Carolina K-12

Revolutionary War Era Tick-Tack- Toe

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
So many fantastic activities on the American Revolution! From drawing political cartoons illustrating events of the Boston Massacre to writing a diary entry as a shopkeeper during the Boston Tea Party, your young historians will...
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Curated OER

Lesson 2: Using Common Sense

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders explore the impact of Thomas Paine on the American Revolution. In this colonial America lesson, 10th graders analyze Common Sense and then paraphrase selected excerpts of the pamphlet. Students also respond to discussion...
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Curated OER

The Human Jigsaw

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders, using Thomas Paine's "The Crisis, No. 1" from The American Crisis, form a human jigsaw.
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Curated OER

The Road to Democracy

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders examine the road to the American Revolution. In this American Revolution instructional activity, 11th graders read Thomas Paine's works and identify the issues that the colonists had with the British government.
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Curated OER

The Revolutionary War

For Teachers 8th - 11th
March your learners off to war with this presentation, which provides details to the American Revolution such as important figures (Jefferson, Franklin, Henry), facts about the Declaration of Independence, and definitions of key terms. A...
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PPT
Curated OER

The War for Independence: 4th Grade

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Colonial Independence is a hot topic in the 4th and 5th grade; this PowerPoint highlights the victories, the decision for Independence, and the forces for and against colonial independence from England. This PowerPoint presents scant...
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PPT
Curated OER

The Road to Revolution: (1770-1776)

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Posing a guiding question about the inevitability of the American Revolution, the presentation guides students through the circumstances leading up to "The shot heard 'round the world" up to the Declaration of Independence. Teachers can...
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Carolina K-12

Colonialism and American Foundations Sample Test Questions

For Students 8th - 10th Standards
What was the main cause of European colonization in America? How did Thomas Paine's Common Sense play a role in the establishment of the United States? What was the trans-Atlantic slave trade? These are just a few of the many questions...
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AP Test Prep
College Board

2011 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Mammals can be carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores, but what about locavores? A set of free-response questions from the 2011 AP® English Language and Composition exam introduces test-takers to the term, which describes people who try...
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National Endowment for the Humanities

Lesson 2: Religion and the Argument for American Independence

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Young scholars examine how religion affected arguments justifying American independence. They read and analyze primary source documents, and write an essay analyzing how Americans used religious arguments to justify revolution against a...
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Carolina K-12

Causes of the American Revolution

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Beginning with the experience of hearing that lockers in school will be taxed, through analysis of political cartoons and informational text, and culminating in a debate between loyalists and patriots, your class members will engage in a...
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Curated OER

The Declaration and Beyond

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students are explained that they are going to use a part of Thomas Paine's 1776 pamplet Common Sense as a starting point for exploring about argumentation, or persuasive writing. They are given a copy of the excerpt. Students discuss...
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Unit Plan
Manchester University

Events leading to the American Revolution

For Teachers 5th Standards
The Stamp Act, Paul Revere's ride, and the Boston Tea Party pushed American colonists to the tipping point that led to the American Revolution. Fifth graders research the key figures of the war, study the Declaration of Independence, and...
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K20 Learn

Analyzing Early American Figures: Analyzing History

For Teachers 8th Standards
Who were they? High school freshmen brush up on their research skills by investigating an important person in American history. They select a name, fill out a KWHL chart, and research why their person is important. Scholars then complete...
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Unit Plan
New York City Department of Education

Colonial America and The American Revolution

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How did the founding of the American colonies lead to a revolution? Use the essential question and sample activities to guide learners through a series of history lessons. Additionally, the packet includes effective strategies to...

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