Taxation Without Representation


Lesson Length: 40 - 45 mins

Topic: Road to Democracy

Grade Level: 5

Objective: Evaluation, Informing


Time, Continuity, and Change

Brief Description: Students will identify ideologies that led to the American Revolution in a one panel comic.

Know Before You Start: Students should have an understanding of the words revolution, reform, and resistance. Students should have prior knowledge of the effects of the French and Indian War on the colonists.

Taxation Without Representation - Exemplar comic, panel 1

Hook: Tell your students you are going to allow them to use their cell phone in your classroom; but they are going to have to pay a tax each time they want to use it. Discuss with the class. Would this be fair? Does the teacher have a right to tax students? Should students get a voice in how the classroom operates? 

Relate this discussion to what the colonists were experiencing with Great Britain. Be sure to include vocabulary such as resistance and revolution.


  • Identify a reason that colonists were upset with Great Britain.
  • Using the sample comic as a guide, create a one panel comic that illustrates the colonists point of view in respect to the reason selected. 

*Selections should vary so that students are not working on duplicate reasons.

Closure: Students will place their comic on a classroom timeline, digitally or in print, to visualize the road to the revolution. Discuss the timeline using vocabulary words like revolution, resistance, and reform.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to work with peer model.
  • Provide sentence frames as needed.

Pre Teach vocabulary: revolution, resistance, and reform.

Resources: Example Comic: Comic 1.