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.