Focus: Students develop reading, writing, listening, and thinking skills through engagement with informational text in the Student Reader The Road to Independence. Students explore disagreements about principles of government that led the colonists in North America to seek independence from Great Britain. Students learn about the major figures, causes, and consequences of the American Revolution, and about significant ideas and values at the heart of the conflict. Students also read literary selections by Phillis Wheatley and Washington Irving. Students write a cause-and-effect essay. Lessons include explicit instruction in grammar, morphology, and spelling.
Number of Lessons: 17
Lesson Time: 90 minutes each. Each lesson may be divided into shorter segments.
Additional Search Terms: French and Indian War • thirteen colonies • Declaration of Independence • Rip Van Winkle • Legend of Sleepy Hollow • suffixes • quotation marks