Taxation Without Representation

Subject: History, Social Studies

Lesson Length: 40 - 45 mins

Topic: Road to Democracy

Grade Level: 5

Standards / Framework:

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.


  • 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 e.g., revolution, resistance, and reform.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

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