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.

Know Before You Start: 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. 


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


  • 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 use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Allow students to work with peer model.

  • Provide sentence frames as needed.

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


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

Suggested Story Starters: