Why Did Some Colonial Virginians Seek Independence?

To understand the reasonings of those colonials who sought independence from England, young historians are divided into content groups that examine documents related to either the Boston Tea Party, the Yorktown Tea Party, Tea Overboard, the Coercive Acts, or the Ladies of Edenton. Jigsaw groups present what they learned in the content groups, compare the responses, an then share with the class what they have learned about why some colonials sought independence.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pair with the previous lesson in the series about why some colonials continued to supported King George
  • Ask class members to craft a Venn Diagram to compare the rationales of the loyalists and the patriots
Classroom Considerations

  • Designed to follow a lesson from the same source on why some colonials continued to support the king
  • Part of a series of lessons from the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
  • Requires addition prep time to prepare and copy materials

  • The jigsaw activity engages all class members in answering the essential question

  • None